Can Gamers be Good Drone Pilots?

I found Tim Wright’s article “Do Gamers Make Better Drone Operators Than Pilots” really interesting. He studied four groups of people; game players with flight simulation experience, general aviation pilots, professional pilots, and people with no video game experience who were not pilots, and analyzed their performance making decisions in stressful situations. He found that…

Who is a Gamer?

In Adrienne Shaw’s article “On Not Becoming Gamers: Moving Beyond the Constructed Audience”, there was one line that really stood out to me. She writes, “sometimes interviewees said they were not gamers because they did not play certain types of games such as games with deep narratives or games focused on killing.” For example, she…

You Have to Be There

I thought that the Alexis C. Madrical article “You Had to Be There” was very interesting. She writes that there are experiences people have that younger people would not understand because they never experienced it. These experiences people have are powerful because you are able to see how that experience changes over time due to…

Changing the Experience of a Game

I really enjoyed the interface project and had a lot of fun playing the games. However, while walking around and trying out other people’s games, I realized how hard some of the games were. The games itself, while using the controls on the computer, would have been relatively easy and in many cases beatable. But,…

Coding Devices in Games

I was reading an article about devices that let players put code into games in order to exploit and create bugs in the game. I never knew that it was possible to do things like this. The coding can help the player in the game by allowing them to skip levels, get better items in…

What it means to “play”

The definition of play is to take on the role of a character or object in a situation. The player becomes the character or object and is responsible for making decisions to advance within the game. In order to be considered playing, the player must have an active role in the game. They must be…

Assessing Blackbar

Two criteria that are important to assessing the game Blackbar are the objectives of the game and the role of the player. The objectives of the game are the goals of the game and what the player is trying to accomplish. The role of the player is how the player relates to the character.  The…