Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Some Fine Blogging From Samcems11

Blogging is a meaningful and fun way to share your ideas online. Globaloria students have the opportunity to share their Globaloria experiences (both exciting and challenging) in a their own blog. It is important to update your blog often and embed photos, videos and game demos to make each post unique and interesting. It is also a great opportunity to improve writing skills.

Samcems11 from Elkins Middle School has a very strong blog that he updates consistently. On it you can find Team Vlogs and interesting videos about the topics his team, Trilobite Terrors, are studying to create their game. His blog is also well organized and the font colors are easy to read. Great Job!

See Samcems11's blog here: http://samcems11.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great Paper Prototype by Team Triple DSL

In the past few weeks I have been watching many of the paper prototypes for full-year students. Today I came across one of the best videos I have seen yet. Team Triple DSL from University High School in WV did a fine job explaining their game "Space Blast".

These girls worked very hard on their prototype. All of their slides are illustrated, they have a coherent idea for their future game, and they have included research and learning content in their game. The girls also were well rehearsed and spoke clearly throughout the entire presentation. Take a look at the video below for yourself, I can't wait to see the finished product in the spring! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

"The Idiot Box" Creating a Strong Team Page and Game Demo

Hi everyone. Hopefully most full-year students are finishing up work on their Game Demo by this point in the year. (If you entered the STEM or Civics competition in West Virginia the Game Demo milestone is due February 16th!) Your Game Demo allows you to demonstrate your understanding of Flash Coding while also sharing some important information about your future game. In your demo you should have the following:
  • Team Introduction: Give the names and roles of all team members (no last names)
  • Audience: Who are you designing your game for, and why?
  • Gameplay: What does the player see and do? What are the rules and how do you win? What is the goal of the game?
  • Learning Goal: What will the player learn by playing this game?
  • Fun Factor: What makes your game fun for the player?
  • Smart Factor: What does your game teach? What can someone learn by playing it? 
  • Style Factor: What kind of graphic/animation style will you use? What kind of sounds?
  • Originality Factor: What makes your game special and unique? Why will it sell?
The Demo should also have some sample images and animations that will be featured in your finished game. Contrary to what their name implies, team "The Idiot Box" from George Washington High School has created a really fantastic Game Demo for their science/engineering game "Crazy Gadget." Team members Travishgw 2011 and Johndgw 2011 fully answer all required questions, and they also have an interactive demo of their game. I had a good time fiddling around with the circuit pieces myself, I can't wait to see how the Final Game turns out this spring!

Play the Game Demo yourself below:

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Fantastic Team Page by Keeb

Hi everyone. I want to remind you all that a completed Team Page is as important to the Globaloria Curriculum as creating your final flash game. A highly detailed Team page may seem like a lot work to complete, but it is definitely worth it in the end.

Today I came across a fantastic Team Page created by Team Keeb, students from the Fall game design class at Tygarts Valley High School. The three students (KelsiR0416, Madelynm0218 and Calebg1997 ) have a great looking, fully completed Team Wiki loaded with Game facts, links to educational resources,  various videos throughout the process of their game creation, an awesome paper prototype, and last but not least, a really fun game called "A Whale of an Adventure." (Play the game below!)

Check out their Team Page Here,

Great job guys, all your effort and hard work really paid off nicely!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

An Awesome Blog by Austinsphs11

Hey everyone! Today I would like to highlight an awesome blog I came across from Austin, a student at Preston High School, that has just finished up a semester long Video Game Design class.

Check out his blog here: http://austinglobaloria.blogspot.com/

Austin updated his blog consistently throughout the semester (there typically is at least one post per week). He discussed challenges and successes he and his team members faced throughout the game making process and he even embedded their game demo and his finished game product.

After checking out the blog, you can also see Austin and Dillon's Team Page. You can also play their finished game "Time Voyager" Great job guys!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Globaloria Spotlight!

We have moved!

Unfortunately, we had to leave tumblr due to school filter issues, but now we have found our new home at http://globaloriaspotlight.blogspot.com. Update your bookmarks! Stay tuned to hear from our new intern Julia, who will be showing everyone the best and the brightest from the 2011-12 school year so far. Keep up the great work everyone!

Also, to stay updated you can now follow @globaloria on Twitter!