Bodong Chen

Crisscross Landscapes

Notes: Gee Melbourne talk



Citekey: @gee-melbourne



the exciting combination of consumption and creation

games as literacy * what’s the role of story in games? * Casovilia: story doesn’t matter. * The primary thing here is the player’s production of story elements, not a story per se (like Alucard kills a Sword Lord). But the little events you’re doing. A set of acts, and a set of meanings not enough to create a deep story. * Video games allows players to have all kinds of choices, but designers cannot prepare every possible choices beforehand. So what makes video games playable is the players make meanings.. * “video games cannot be art.” -someone * Gee disagrees. * The marriage of rules and story elements allows two quite different stories to exist: the Designer’s story, and the virtual-real story (player’s trajectory through the game). * the second one is more important. * everyone go through the game differently. the example of killing a lord in a game: different trajectory. * the example of WoW when players going back to a place, they thought about before. a personal history. building meanings when playing. personal trajectory. doesn’t happen in reading books. so players’ story, own projection of their story important, not the designer of the games. * the possiblity of creating a world in which each person’s trajectory is important; each person is different, each person lay down a deap past of his own that can be compared or contrasted with everyone else.

Cognitive approaches in games * modern psychology: emotional component in thinking * give information emotional charge –> better stored and learning more deeply; emotional attachment * the problem of schooling * games can trigger emotions.

who is playing the game? * virtual and real characters. melding of computer character and person. * psychology: people feels go as far as body goes. * in games, control is part of deep pleasure. * virtual and real have their own skills.

Professional experience * army game * you command soldiers to do things * the characters know a lot of things. but you need to make the right command. * solders * i (player) can start from zero knowledge, to build my professional knowledge by playing. because they know a lot. * by the time of getting good at it, i contribute more. * constrains. * soldiers <-militery experience –> player * share professional expereince * start before competence

the good model of helping people develop professional knowledge. but only used in training people to kill. not killing people, but things like urben planning

Three stories: 1. the designer’s story 2. the virtual-real story 3. the virtual-real career story

giving children a career trajectory, of problem solving (love that!!)

Summary * triaval grammar * going deeper * give story of your own learning

what’s the grammar of KB?