Don’t know how many people will actually see this, but I hope at least Professor Sample does.
A game designer by the name of Dan Cook maintains this blog called lostgarden where he talks about the sorts of games he makes, in terms of the process of development and design, as well as what he would like to see out of the industry in the future. We’ve talked about game criticism and the study of games the whole semester, and I believe we even touched upon the idea that games need some sort of “art critics” to be considered art. However, Cook wants critics who understand the process of game development, and will push the medium forward. Not simply “this feels right” or “I don’t like this” but hard evidence. Not just “well this seems like film” but “this is how video games are.” He actually makes a nod to Koster in his article, which made me feel excited and informed.
Still, people are starting to get pretty fired up about his claim that one should be a game designer to give a good critique of games as a medium. What I assume he means is that you need to know how a medium works in order to critique it. While I have not been the producer for any CDs, I can play reasonably well, and thus can offer a much deeper critique than someone who does not know a fortissimo from an accelerando. Even if you can not play music, it is helpful to know musical terminology, the essence of what goes into the craft, when trying to critique it.
The comments are getting pretty flame-like, but I would like to see what other people have to say about this, especially Prof. Sample. Please read the comments on the post before commenting, if you choose to do so, and keep it civil.
De-stress a bit from finals and just laugh at how awesome this is!! There is a playable version online if you actually want to play. At least you can’t lose! XD
For some reason (probably because we are all on the site at the same time), nothing I try to add to The Portal Exhibit is showing up! Very frustrating. So, I am going to put what I wrote on here to “call dibs”. I wrote the exhibit description for Marketing and Game Industry Context.
From its humble beginnings as an accompaniment to four other games bundled together within The Orange Box, Portal quickly gained popular approval and a large fan base after its release in late 2007. Realizing its potential to become a phenomenon within videogame culture, Valve Corporation began a marketing campaign to attract seasoned gamers and newcomers alike. Videos, merchandise, events—the list of promotional materials was extensive. Additionally, offering Portal at discounted rates for a short period of time, or offering it for free if purchased with other games, was but one of the numerous strategies employed by the Valve Corporation to attract buyers and, subsequently, increase demand. Truly, this approach of reinforcing Portal’s popularity after its release illustrates the uniqueness and success of Portal’s induction into the gaming industry.
Here are the sections our group have created (and claimed). If you would like to add on to one of these sections, please talk to the person in parentheses.
- Why just xbox, computer, playstation? Why exclude wii? (Kevin)
- Sales; how much spent v. how much made; portal 2 (Sonia)
- Timeline of merchandise (Nicole)
- Orange box evolution (Chloe)
- Advertising; target audience (Ryan)
- Effects of advertising; potato sack; portal 2 (Katie)
Use this link to get dropbox http://db.tt/FHfqdUq it will give you extra space.
I am tackling the “Why Portal?” question from the two other exhibit aspects: the narrative and the popular response. 🙂
For working on Why Portal we broke it into four sections: Development of Portal, The Narrative of Portal, The Marking and Game Industry Context, Popular Response to Portal.
I will be taking The Markiting and Game Industry Context, as well as Development.
My group thought that it would be kind of cool to arrange the exhibits in a manner similar to the gameplay of Portal. So, consistent with the 19 Test Chambers of the game, I tried to come up with 19 Exhibits for us to group our items in. They are semi-chronological, which gives the overall exhibit some organization and flow. I won’t start moving/grouping items until some of you give me some feedback on this idea….
Origins and Precursor Elements
Movement and Physics of Gameplay
Use of Sound
Other Significant Objects
Feedback of Players
Awards and Accolades
Portal in the News
The Cake Fanfare
The Companion Cube Fanfare
“Still Alive” Fanfare
Portal 2 and Beyond
Here’s a website that is fan based and has a lot of different fan made art about Portal that was cool to look at.