This is the mockup, created in Photoshop, of a Blackboard announcement that was posted by The Educators. It will be put onto a USB along with a notepad document.
The Notepad document will say: “We’ve come across some suspicious activity and our suspicions have been confirmed by the number of students that have gone missing in the last couple of weeks. Something strange is going on at Kelvin Grove. We need your help. Meet Jess, one of the members of The Rebellion, at the entrance to Z-Block.”
This USB will be given to the players at the beginning of the game.
It will function as the rabbit hole.
This here is the audio that The Educators play to re-hypnotise the students.
This is an edited version of Eulogy, by Tool. (YouTube Link)
I chose to use this particular song as it has a very hypnotising and mesmerising feel to it and this is ideal for what the track will be used for. I feel as though It’s almost believable that this beat could hypnotise someone.
The Match The Artist To The Song Game / Dancing With Mikee Task
For this game task, it was my job to choose five well-known songs that have recognisable dance moves. This was quite a mission, as we’ve been taught to assume our game players know very little. It’s difficult to know whether songs (and the dance moves that are attached) are universal, as everyone listens to different music and is thus aware of different trends. Purely classics could be used, but that runs the risk of being far too obvious. A task with obvious answers would be take less time to complete and it wouldn’t be as rewarding as something that took at least a little while to figure out.
Pretty much what we were after were 5 effective fad or novelty dances that go along to recognisable songs. Wikipedia describes fad dances as “dances which are characterised by a short burst of popularity”, while novelty dances ”typically have a longer-lasting popularity based on them being characteristically humorous or humour-invoking, as well as having a sense of uniqueness”. Some good dances that were mentioned on the Wikipedia page were The Cha-Cha Slide, The Chicken Dance, The Moonwalk, The Time Warp, The Hokey Pokey, The Running Man, The Macarena and The Limbo.
I decided on some favourites to narrow it down, these ideas included:
- Y.M.C.A, by The Village People (YouTube Link)
- 1, 2 Step, by Ciara and Missy Elliot (YouTube Link)
- Thriller, by Michael Jackson (YouTube Link)
- Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO (YouTube Link)
- Crank That (Soulja Boy), by Soulja Boy Tell Em’ (YouTube Link)
- Nutbush City Limits, by Tina Turner (YouTube Link)
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), by Beyoncé (YouTube Link)
- The Ketchup Song, by Las Ketchup (YouTube Link)
After undergoing the process of elimination, I narrowed it down to Y.M.C.A, Thriller, Party Rock Anthem, Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and Crank That (Soulja Boy).
I felt as though it was important to include a mixture of classics (such as Y.M.C.A and Thriller) and more modern songs such as the other three. I didn’t want it to seem too outdated or too juvenile, especially as our particular ARG is all about uni students and having fun.
Reasons for not choosing particular songs/dances:
1, 2 Step - Not as universally well-known as I’d thought
Nutbush City Limits - well-known but perhaps a little overused
The Ketchup Song - slightly juvenile, as it was popular when people my age were around 9 y.o
For the next step I used Audacity to edit snippets of each song together, and then loop them, to make one track that will be played once the players make their way to Mikee in the Library. Players are given four chances (the five song snippets are looped four times) to figure out and then master the dance moves for all five songs. The image above is a screenshot of some of the track being created.
Deciding which part of the songs to use was a little more difficult than I had first expected. I needed to find a part of the song where it was both recognisable, yet not too obvious. I also had to ensure that the most well-known dance moves were able to be danced during this snippet.
I’m quite pleased with the finished product, I will upload it in the next post. I decided to make the snippets between 6 and 10 seconds long, as it was long enough to recognise the song and get the dancing done, but not too long so that the process of completing the whole task (effectively dancing all five dances to all five songs consecutively without stuffing up) was too easy.
Earlier on in the semester our group collaborated and began to piece together the intricate details of the basic storyline Jess had come up with for her first assessment item. This group meeting was very productive and as it was vital for any sort of progression, it was certainly a relief to finally know what needed to be done. During the meeting, Mikee jotted down a rough timeline of the game event and I then took it home, typed it up and added a lot of detail. Jess and I are currently working on updating this document, as since we’ve been working on the project, our ideas have progressed and it has become apparent that small details need to be altered.
Click here to view the User Case Scenario:
Here is a photo of us at our most productive group meeting yet!
For the second assessment item, I have been placed in a group with Jess Dudas, Jan Michael Salazaar and Caden Adam. As a group, we have been working together to further develop Jess’s proposed ARG (www.jessthechocchipcookie.tumblr.com, Are You Ready For The Real World?). This ARG is very location based.
Jess - leading, documentation
Mikee - graphics
Caden - QR codes
Olivia (myself) - audio, documentation