March 27, 2008
Interview with Michelle Hinn from GSLIS on gaming
The new ACM Computers in Entertainment features a video interview with Michelle Hinn, an instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information science, on a variety of topics including her work on accessibility in gaming. Questions include:
"1. You are writing a new book entitled "Accessibility and Usability in Game Design," can you tell us more about it?
2. You coauthored a book chapter "Literacy in the information age: inquiries into meaning-making with new technologies," what do you mean by "meaning-making" in that interesting title?
3. You are the chair of the Game Accessibility Special Interest Group of the International Game Developers Association, what are your goals and activities at IGDA?
4. How do you see the future of computer games?
5. Do you see a big difference between games designed for girls versus games designed for boys?"
March 26, 2008
Wii at the Cave
The News Gazette published an interesting article about how the CAVE at the Beckman Institute looked to replace a wireless handheld controller for navigating virtual rooms (cost $60,000) with a Wii-mote handheld controller (cost $40).
"The upshot is that people are now using Wii controllers to fly through a heart or a DNA molecule, spear fish and navigate a maze by dead reckoning or the environs of a nuclear power plant, which are among the programs the lab has working with the Wiimote to date."
March 21, 2008
Children of Arcadia at Krannert Art Museum
There's an interesting exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum (6th and Peabody) through March 30th for those interested in the intersection of gaming worlds and art - "Children of Arcadia." Quote from the program description:
"To coincide with Blown Away, the Intermedia Gallery features a new work by Mark Skwarek (with programmers Joseph Hocking and Arthur Peters) entitled Children of Arcadia. This panoramic view into a living-electronic world is realized using technologies from online video games and KAM's CANVAS (Collaborative Advanced Navigation Virtual Art Studio)."
More details here: http://www.kam.uiuc.edu/exhibitions.cfm?show=2008/spring