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Games By: Elaine Liman

Friday, November 25, 2011

INVESTIGATION Friday, November 25, 2011

Design Brief • Client:

Lower school students

• Time

allowed: 5 weeks

• How

I can prove to my parents video games are able to educate: I’m going

to make an educational yet entertaining game to present to lower school students.

• Specifications

and limitations:

1. I have to demonstrate that games can be educational 2. Learn to use a variety of softwares in order to create games 3. Evaluate and justify the choices you’ve made during your design of the game

• Unit

question: Can games educate?

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Introduction •Throughout

these 5 weeks, I am going to design and create a

game that lower school students will be interested to play to prove to my parents that games can be educational yet entertaining. To be able to make a good game, I will have to go through various steps which are, investigation, design, plan, create and evaluate. I will try to find out how could meet my expectations. Since my clients are lower school students I have to make the game simple to understand and not require as much thinking because it will make them lose interest. I will have to plan out my time carefully before going to the create stage so that I can be conscious of how efficiently I’m working. When I start creating my product, I will try my best to satisfy my client.

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AOI (Areas of •This


project relates to Community and Service because

I will be designing and creating a product to educate

little kids. Community and Service is about helping other people in our community and I will be using interviews with my clients, researches about different types of games for little kids and my own knowledge to

investigate, design, plan and create this product, which

shows my imagination and creativity. My own abilities to make a game will be shown from this project.

Therefore, this project relates best to Community and Service. Friday, November 25, 2011

How Games Are Made •I

found out the program we were going to use to make our games was

scratch, so I did some research on how to make it and here are the steps:

1. Download and open the software 2. Chose or draw your own “sprite” 3. Give your “sprite” different actions using the tools available on the top left hand corner

4. Press the small presentation button on the upper right hand corner to test out the actions you’ve just created

5. Once you’re happy with the actions you’ve created, save the game and it’s now ready to be presented!

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How Games Are Made Summary •From

researching about how to work scratch, I

found out that how to make a game using

scratch is very easy. All you need to do after you already have the software is make your

own “sprite,” give it actions and go back to see if the whole game worked. It’s quite a simple process but you would have to go back and

check the actions you gave it a lot of times. Friday, November 25, 2011

Client Interview •What •I

sort of things do you look for in a game?

would like the graphics of the game to be good and the

instructions to be clear especially since your game is aimed for lower school students.

•Would one?


you prefer an animated game or a more realistic styled

personally like animated games more because I think it makes

the game more interesting and funner to play .

•What •In

things do you think little kids would look for in a game?

my opinion, they would prefer more pictures rather than

words and they also like things colorful.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Client Interview •From

this client interview, I found out that my

client likes animated graphics, especially because my game is supposed to be for lower school students, animated graphics would be more interesting and funner to play. She also expects the instructions to be clear. She thinks it’s important that I put more pictures than words and that everything on my page is colorful for little kids.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Investigation Summary •From

the investigation stage, I clarified that my client is

the lower school SWA students. I mentioned that the

program I’m going to use is scratch and that there are 5 easy steps to make a game using scratch which are downloading the software, make a “sprite,” give it

actions, go back to check the actions and save the

game. The AOI of this unit is community and service

because I’m helping the lower school students by creating a game to educate them and entertain them at the

same time. I have five weeks to make this game. I also found out what my client thinks are important to put into my game. Friday, November 25, 2011

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Tania from grade 7 (Client interview)

DESIGN Friday, November 25, 2011

Design 1


• The

typing game could get the little kids ready for when they have to use


• It

would be a great challenge for some kids.


• The •I

typing game might be too hard for little kids.

might have to re-explain to them how the game works.

• The

kids might not be interested.

What will happen:


was planning that if they won the tic-tac-toe game, you get a bonus round

which is the short typing game. If you win both games, you get 2 points and if you only win the tic-tac-toe game, you only get 1 point.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Design 2 Pros:

•Both •It’s

girls and boys could play this game

easy for both the client and the creator.


•The •It

kids might be confused about how to play it.

might be too easy for them

What will happen:


planning to make a maze game. I want to make the character

follow the mouse and try to get to the “treasure chest.”

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Design 3 Pros:


lot of little boys would be interested in this game.


•Probably •Maybe

only the boys would be really interested in this game.

the kids will be confused on how to operate the car

since its from the top view and they’re use d to them actually being inside the car.

What will happen:


planning to make this game a race car game. The game will

have 5 levels. The race car game will be from the top view.

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Summary of Designs •Design

1: This design is very simple because it’s basically putting 2

original games together. I don’t really like this one because kids will

lose interest. However, it is very educational because of the typing game part. Also, making the typing game will be very complex.


2: This design is my favorite one because it’s simple for me

to make and it’s simple for little kids to play. It might not be very educational but maybe I could throw in some math questions in

there. It’s also great because both girls and boys could be interested in playing the game.


3: This design is quite complex and it might confuse some little

kids. I keep trying to focus on how my client wants the game to have straightforward instructions and I think this one will be too

confusing for the kids. Also, since its a race car game probably only the boys would be interested in it. It’s also not very educational. Friday, November 25, 2011

Final Design •I

chose design 2 because it’s a very simple

game to make and to play. I think that because it’s a very rushed project I need to find the game that uses the least amount of time. Also, the other designs seemed too boring and cliche. This one was also based on an original game but I’m planning to find a way to put my own twist to it.

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PLAN Friday, November 25, 2011

Gantt Chart

Friday, November 25, 2011

Experimenting with Scratch

Friday, November 25, 2011

Design and Plan Presentation