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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Player Character, Universal Design, Modular Design
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DD 220 WEEK 10 ACCESSIBLE INTERACTIVITY Disability studies definition Addresses the social and cultural construction of disability (ex. How people conceive of As a field, disability studies offsets the medical model Values...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: The Powerpuff Girls, Metro Trains Melbourne
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DD 220 WEEK 7 Arguing through interaction Why would you want to use interactive design to make a point? Games are very effective at representing complex issues and topics Freedom of choice and trial and error allow players...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Mental Model, Jenga, Survival Horror
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DD 220 WEEK 2 THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS Human centric design a way of putting the user (human) first Discoverability when you look at something, you should know what to do. Key component of good game design, sometimes ...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Sunk Costs, Falsifiability, Tracy Fullerton
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DD 220 WEEK 9 PROTOTYPING Physical prototyping advantages Playcentric removes the extra stuff and looks specifically at the sense of play. Does it flow? Communicate the experience you want to get across? Cost effective Qui...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: W. M. Keck Observatory, Princess Peach, Ubisoft
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DD 220 WEEK 5 COMMUNICATING INTERACTIVE IDEAS Generalized game designers they float around and dabble in everything Specialists examine one area of game design o 3 Cs designer camera, character controls o Presentation UI,...

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DD220 Lecture 9: dd 220 week 9 interactive information
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DD 220 INTERACTIVE INFORMATION Step 1 list information What do your players need to know to play your game? (hp, action points, location, units, resources, inventory, etc.) Ex. Ticket to ride: which routes to connect, curr...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Twine, Memex, Interactive Fiction
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DD 220 WEEK 6 INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING Brief history of interactive fiction Interactive fiction and hypertext developed alongside the invention of computing and telecommunications Nonlinear, interactive texts while feasibl...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Scribblenauts, Affordance, Sound Design
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DD 220 WEEK 3 MEANINGFUL PLAY Meaningful interactions Interaction: a reciprocal relationship between two elements in a conversation Conversations, databases, games, and social relationships are all interactive in this sens...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Polysemy, Until Dawn, Final Fantasy Viii
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DD 220 WEEK 4 CREATING INTERACTIVE IDEAS Interactive ideas Meaningful experiences are built around a single idea or problem Aspects Recursive interactive ideas leverage the interactivity of the medium to reinforce and expr...

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DD220 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Diegesis
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DD 220 WEEK 7 EFFECTIVE AND AFFECTIVE GAMES Flow The psychology of optimal experience Be really in the moment to the point that you dont even realize it, you are very invested in the current task Task is to design an exper...

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