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  • 1. Rock The Vote!
    If you are 18 or over and wish to vote in the General Election on May 6 you have just 24 hours left to register your interest in voting. Remember: this is your chance to make your voice heard by making your vote count!
    www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/
  • 2. Japanese Word of the Week (15)
    Dewamata
    [Doo-a mattah]
    Kanashii.
  • 3. Aims & Objectives
    Aims:
    Students will explore genre, symbolism and storytelling in games, movies and comics – this will introduce plot devices
    Objectives:
    All students will be able to identify 3 key plot devices in separate genre
    Most students will be able to identify 3 key plot devices and describe 1 form in detail
    Some students will be able to identify 3 key plot devices and describe 2 forms in detail
  • 4. Computer Game Story Development
    19 April 2010
    Unit 72 Computer Game Story Development
  • 5. Computer Game Story Development
    1 Understand storytelling for games
    2 Be able to produce a story for a game
    3 Be able to produce game dialogue
    4 Be able to reflect upon own narrative work.
  • 6. Understanding Genre
  • Understanding Genre
    The FPS
    See also: Golden-Eye, Half-Life, Unreal Tournament, Rainbow Six, Medal of Honor
  • 15. Understanding Genre
    Plot Development
    Scene
    setting
    Action
    & Consequence
    Denouement
    Catalysts
    Establishment
  • 16. Understanding Genre
    Modern Warfare 2
    Mission: Stop Makarov’s Reign of Terror
    You (USMC) are betrayed by Shepherd and his men
    SAS and USMC stop terrorist plot and Shepherd
    Nikolai informs Price of plot
    Sub-text: CIA mission to Russia
  • 17. Understanding RPG
    Trial & error
    Action & Consequence
    Plot Development
    Objective
    Judgement
    Choice
  • 18. Activity
    Choose and RPG or an FPS and fill in the blanks for your chosen game.
  • 19. Understanding RPG
    Joining guilds
    Levelling up
    Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Close the gates of Evil in Cyrodiil
    Champion of Cyrodiil or laughing stock?
    Do you help Martin?
  • 20. Understanding Plot
    Your audience wants something to happen…
    • Thesis, antithesis, synthesis
    • 21. Location, conditions, actions
    • 22. Symbolism
    • 23. Structures
  • Understanding Plot
    Thesis, Antithesis & Synthesis
    • What could happen
    • 24. What won’t happen
    • 25. What has happened
  • Activity
    Can you give me 3 examples of how thesis, antithesis and synthesis takes place in your fave games?
  • 26. Understanding Plot
    Locations, Conditions & Action
    • Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine
    • 27. War
    • 28. Retaliation, combat.
  • Understanding Plot
    Symbolism
    • The Matrix (see also Kaiser Soce)
    • 29. X-Men (they’re normal people too)
    • 30. The Farrellys
    More on this later
  • 31. Understanding Plot
    Structures
    • Three-act structure (beginning, middle, end)
    • 32. Hero’s journey (12 steps)
    • 33. Episodic
  • Introducing X-Men
    Representation
    • Emotions
    • 34. Characterisation
    • 35. Stereotypes: e.g. gender, ethnicity
  • Introducing X-Men
    Emotional Themes
  • Activity
    Can you attribute any emotional themes to anything that you already know about X-Men?
    • Who’s angry?
    • 43. Who is that person angry with or at?
    • 44. Is there a calm about a certain character?
    You can base these opinions on the comic, noir, cartoon or movie series.
  • 45. Introducing X-Men
    The Voice
    • Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
    • 46. 1963
    • 47. Echoes of life in the 1960s
    Whose voice would be heard in the first edition (and beyond)?
  • 48. Introducing X-Men
    The Voice
  • Homework
    For next week: Please watch X-Men the movie and note anything interesting about the characters. All of next week’s lesson will be on the X-Men so I’ll be asking questions about all of what we’ve learned today especially:
    Fact: Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer directed this first episode of X-Men movies. Enjoy!
  • 56. Overview – What Have We Learned?
    • The types of genre
    • 57. Style of plot
    • 58. Plots used by genre
    • 59. The beginning of narrative
    Have we met our outcomes?
  • 60. Next Week
    More X-Men! Story arcs, relationships and the painful truth.