Tuesday, October 4, 2016

DuIK - Fall 2016 Animation

The following videos walk you through installation of the DuIK plug-in for After Effects, and basic use.  There are MANY more tools in DuIK, and you are encouraged to use DuIK's own user manual to learn them.  For the character animation, however, we will only be using the inverse kinematic tools covered in these videos.

To download DuIK, donate to Duduf, or view additional help and support documents, visit https://rainboxprod.coop/en/tools/duik/.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Twine - Fall 2016 for Digital Media 2

AFTER watching the first video below, go to http://twinery.org to get started.

(These videos are a complement to what we'll cover in class.)



Additional Useful Links:

Game Narrative Articles
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/213337/Plot_is_overrated_Game_narrative_is_all_about_your_characters.php
http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/ThomasGrip/20140429/216467/4Layers_A_Narrative_Design_Approach.php
http://gamestudies.org/0701/articles/simons
https://www.jesperjuul.net/text/clash_between_game_and_narrative.html

Autobiography in Games
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/282312/Autobiographical_Memoir_En_Code_finds_game_mechanics_in_daily_life.php
http://www.thankyouforplayingfilm.com/about/ (Documentary about That Dragon Cancer.)

Games for Change Grants
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/266076/Games_For_Change_challenges_devs_to_pitch_games_about_diversity__debt.php

More Education Game Grants
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/282402/US_govt_reups_interest_in_game_education_funding_with_583K_for_MassDiGI.php


About Narrative

Types of Essays
Narrative, Descriptive, Exposatory, Pursuasive

Forms, Genres, and Sub-genres (Read this list!) 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writing_genres#Forms_versus_genre

What forms and genres are commonly found in AAA games?
(Keep in mind many forms include sub-genres.)
Fiction: Fanfiction, Fantasy,  Humour,  Mythopoeia,  Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller, Western

What form and genres are commonly found in AAA games/emerging, or attached to another genre when employed? 
(Keep in mind many forms include sub genres.)
Fiction: Crime/detective, Fable, Fairy tale*, Folklore*, Legend*, Mystery, Mythology*, Picture book, Tall Tale
*Generally manifests as Mythopoeia, however.
Types of Games
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_game_genres

Text Games / Interactive Fiction
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_fiction



The Big Question
What forms are not or only rarely found in games?  There's a LOT, you will choose one of these!