~Planning Ahead?

So what’s this blog all about then? A “course”….?

Marc made a reasonable point in a comment to the About page: “I had a really memorable interaction with Randy Hinrichs and Anoop Gupta of Microsoft Research a few years ago when we (KMi) proposed some fairly radical course environment/production/experiment ideas to them. One of their responses was, ‘COURSE?’ ‘Why are you so COURSE-centric?’ ”

So this is what it’s about – a journey; a journey through the digital world of interactive media and computer game design.

Hopefully, we (if we are a we, otherwise I guess that ‘we’ should be an ‘I’) will learn something along the way. Not only at the “topic level” – interactive digital media design – but also at the structural level, at the medium level… In particular, at the level of how well suited a daily blog is as the delivery medium for a “course”, compared to using a VLE, for example… (VLE? – look it up… ;-)

I have an idea of the sorts of things I intend to post about over the next 2-3 months, but that is potentially subject to change.

If you want to know what sorts of things those things might be, I’ve shared a mindmap of a course (yes – a real course) in this area that we’ve been trying to work on in a traditional way.

You can find it here: interactive mindmap overview of the course we originally had in mind….

(The mindmap was created with Freemind, which you can download and install from the Freemind website. If you’d like to try out a mindmapping tool without having to download one, there are several around: online mindmapping tools.)

What’s next? Well, I’ll start blogging “on topic” in the next couple of days…

In the meantime, why not just carry on going with the flow….;-)

Or if you’ve had a peek at the mindmap, and seen mention of Game Maker – yes, I’m going to be posting some activities round that, so you may want to go and get hold of a copy. You can download it (for free) from YoYo Games.

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3 Responses to “~Planning Ahead?”


  1. 1 Barry March 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I enjoy the scare quotation marks around ‘academic’ games in your mindmap… Good luck with this, I don’t think I would have the nerve to do something similar online.

  2. 2 Kate March 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    “if we are a we” – well I’m reading it so far. :-) Even got as far as downloading the software. Then looked at the requirement for 3D graphics cards – I may not manage everything without an upgrade.

    On an educational note, it will be interesting to compare with using a wiki for this sort of thing.

  3. 3 Andy Mee March 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    This is a really exciting experiment….I downloaded Game Maker several months ago but didn’t know where to start with it. It’s just sat there since.

    I liked the music from the animation the most. It had a kind of relaxing spiritual feel to it. The graphics and colours were okay.


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