My students no doubt think I am a broken record (if they knew what a record was). Every day, as they are working on their Hero’s Journey Video Game Design Project, I am reminding them: What is your story? How will the player “read” the story by playing your game? Is each level a “chapter”? Where are you putting text into your game?
It’s important that the narrative be part of the game, but they often get wrapped up in the design of the game that they are apt to forget about the story. My daily and constant reminders, and questions as they work, are more about narrative than level design at this point in time.
As always, I am working on my own game as they work, too, as a way to share out my thinking process, my workarounds, my progress and a mentor text for them to play to understand the mix of game and story that this project is all about.
You can play my game, in development process, if you want. I am revising my game as I work, re-publishing new versions as I add new levels/chapters, and talking through my process with my students.
Play The Queen’s Mission (NOTE: does not work well on mobile devices).
Peace (written and read),
Kevin, you and I must be living parallel lives. As my students are developing their transmedia stories, I’m sounding like the same broken record, “what’s your story?” Tomorrow we are doing peer reviews… it will be interesting what that uncovers.
I tried your game… It will need to improve my video game playing skillz to succeed…
Yeah. Game is tricky but not impossible!
I still tinker with the narrative, realizing finding the King is more aligned to tools than lost kids.