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Unsheffield Tag: user experience http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/tags.php?tag=user-experience Future Users of Cool Technology: 19-21 June 2009 en-US Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:42:28 +0000 bbpress 1.0-alpha-6 <![CDATA[Search]]> q http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/search.php Unsheffield Forum on "<br /> <b>Strict Standards</b>: Non-static method BP_Options::get() should not be called statically in <b>/home/unsheff/public_html/bbpress/bb-includes/backpress/functions.bp-options.php</b> on line <b>9</b><br /> No Future Shock"
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<p>An insightful post Joanne, i think there&#8217;s some interesting points here, which I hope will be picked up at UnSheffield. Look forward to meeting you.</p>
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=17#post-33 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:51:36 +0000 Philip Trippenbach 33@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <p>Jodie, I completely agree with you. I think people often overlook that play is one of three basic learning modes: there&#8217;s lecturing, storytelling, and play. </p> <p>Those are in order of power; lectures are difficult to follow, while stories have their own momentum, and well-designed games and play can deeply engage students. </p> <p>There&#8217;s a proverb: &#8220;Tell me and I&#8217;ll forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I&#8217;ll understand.&#8221;</p> <p>Play is one of the most powerful and efficient ways of learning we can engage in. This is why pilots fly simulators, why soldiers play wargames, why high school chemistry students do lab work. They&#8217;re not really doing science; they&#8217;re playing at science, and learning invaluable lessons about technique and scientific method as a result. </p> <p>Some of our most respected games - sports - originated as training for war. What is Polo, or <a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurling' rel="nofollow">Hurling</a> if not practise for braining someone with a club (horse optional)? </p> <p>Even in classes, I&#8217;ve heard of teachers using games from the Civilization series to <a href='http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_08/b3972100.htm' rel="nofollow">teach world history</a>.</p> <p>This works, because fun in video games is essentially a process of problem-solving. The game designer sets a challenge, and it&#8217;s up to the player to figure out how to solve it. The process of figuring that out is creative and can be intellectually demanding.</p> <p>Raph Koster has done <a href='http://www.theoryoffun.com/' rel="nofollow">some great writing</a> on this.</p>
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=17#post-24 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:08:42 +0000 Philip Trippenbach 24@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <h3><em>Video games are the dominant medium of our civilization. So why are they not taken seriously?<br /> </em></h3> <p>Video games are the most popular medium we have. <a href="http://open.bbc.co.uk/newmediaresearch/files/BBC_UK_Games_Research_2005.pdf" target="_blank">BBC audience research</a> shows that 59% of the UK&#8217;s residents play video games regularly - and that&#8217;s across all ages. For those under 30, it&#8217;s closer to 100%.</p> <p>As <a href="http://pixel-lab.squarespace.com/talks/2008/6/11/under-the-mask-games-culture.html" target="_blank">David Hayward of Pixel-Lab</a> pointed out, video games are more popular than football in the UK:</p> <p><span style="color: #008000;">&#8220;Only around 30% of the UK population watch the big international matches involving a UK team on TV, and for smaller international matches with no UK teams that figure drops to around 13%. Nonetheless it commands a huge amount of cultural attention and media clout. It’s more popular than cinema, with only 37.5% of people in the UK visiting the cinema once a month or more.&#8221;</span></p> <p>Video games are commerically the most sucessful medium, as proven by the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/05/08/gta.sales/index.html" target="_blank">the most commercially sucessful cultural artefact ever published, in the history of everything</a>.</p> <p>And video games are the most powerful medium we have, as <a href="http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5173755.ece" target="_blank">this story</a> proves. Short version: last November a kid in Sweden bought a copy of the <em>Wrath of the Lich King</em> expansion for <em>World of Warcraft</em>. He took it home and played it. For hours. And hours. And hours. He didn&#8217;t eat or sleep. He played for over 24 hours <em>straight</em>, until he collapsed in a an apparent epileptic fit and had to be rushed from hospital. (He recovered.)</p> <p>The take-home lesson from that one is that video games are so powerful, so engaging a medium that people will forget to eat or sleep while playing them. <a href="http://trippenbach.com/2008/11/13/why-we-must-use-games-for-good/" target="_blank">We need to use this power for good</a>.</p> <h3>Games, the Dirty Word</h3> <p>And yet, there&#8217;s a widespread notion that video games are &#8216;just&#8217; video games, that they trivialise and sensationalise everything, that they&#8217;re not capable of exploring serious issues in a meaningful way.</p> <p>What utter tosh.</p> <p>Exhibit A: Six Days in Fallujah.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/aheram/440478817/in/photostream/"><img class="alignnone" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/181/440478817_1e67cfcc7b.jpg?v=0" alt="" width="300" height="220" /></a></p> <p><em>Six Days in Fallujah</em> is a third-person shooter game now in development at <a href="http://www.atomic.com/" target="_blank">Atomic Games</a>.  It&#8217;s about the battle of Fallujah in 2004, and it&#8217;s designed to be an accurate recreation of the event. In fact, when the developers officially <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123902404583292727.html" target="_blank">announced</a> the game in April they called it a &#8216;gameamentary&#8217; about the battle.</p> <p>Then a storm of controversy was unleashed, its <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/04/08-16" target="_blank">opponents</a> saying its very existence as a game belittles the sacrifice of those who died there.</p> <p>Let me say here that I have the greatest respect for those who serve in the armed forces and protect the rest of us. Two of my closest friends are in the Canadian army and I think the work they&#8217;re doing is important and invaluable.</p> <p>But that&#8217;s why we need to understand it more. Games are an excellent way to do that.</p> <p>There&#8217;s a prejudice against games as a medium for significant content. I concede that the prejudice is reinforced by the fact that many video games are violent, sensational, visceral fun.</p> <p>But then again - so are <a title="Terminator Salvation - a mature critique of serious issues? No. Does it HAVE to be? NO!" href="http://terminatorsalvation.warnerbros.com/" target="_blank">most movies</a>.</p> <p>Most movies are sensational, entertaining. But that doesn&#8217;t mean they&#8217;re incapable of significant communication. I think most of us would agree that there&#8217;s a way to make movies about difficult subjects sensitively and appropriately. For example: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_93_(film)" target="_blank">United 93</a>, <a href="http://www.hbo.com/generationkill/" target="_blank">Generation Kill</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schindler%27s_List" target="_blank">Schindler&#8217;s List </a>. . . need I go on?</p> <p>So - why can&#8217;t we treat video games the same way?</p> <p>I think Six Days in Fallujah is a great example of a game that tackles a difficult, important subject in an appropriate way.  Let&#8217;s look at it in some more detail.</p> <h3>Know Thine Enemy</h3> <p>Like many unjust prejudices, the prejudice against video games is founded on a lack of understanding.</p> <p>Dan Ephron writes in the <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/200861">latest issue of Newsweek</a>:</p> <p><span style="color: #008000;">&#8220;Efforts to document war in new ways have always garnered skepticism and controversy. The first published photographs of dead American servicemen—including a 1943 shot showing three bodies sprawled out on Buna Beach in New Guinea—prompted a public outcry. The effect of television footage beamed from Vietnam directly to the living rooms of Americans was hotly debated throughout the war.&#8221;</span></p> <p>This same prejudice is back, and it has crystallized around <em>Six Days in Fallujah</em>. Opponents say the game is <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/04/08-16" target="_blank">trivializing and disrespectful</a> by its very nature as a game.</p> <p>But let&#8217;s look at the way the game was made:</p> <p><span style="color: #008000;">&#8220;Peter Tamte [head of Atomic Games, <em>Six Days</em>' developer] says he got the idea to make a videogame of the Fallujah battle from Marines who fought there. Starting in 2003, he worked closely with members of the Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, to make training simulators based on games he&#8217;d helped develop. A year later, those same Marines ended up at the center of the Fallujah battle, code-named Operation Phantom Fury. When they came home, Tamte says, several were already contemplating how they could turn their experience into the kind of game they themselves would want to play.&#8221;</span></p> <p>So the very origin of this idea came from the men who fought and lost friends there. If soldiers wanted to write a book or film a movie about their experiences we wouldn&#8217;t bat an eyelid. Why should we dismiss their desire to tell their stroy just because it is in a new medium?</p> <p>From an editorial perspective, Atomic&#8217;s commitment to accuracy is impressive:</p> <p><span style="color: #008000;">&#8220;Capt. Read Omohundro, who led a Marine company in Fallujah and lost 13 men there, acts as a kind of quality-control manager for Six Days. &#8220;I&#8217;ll say to them, no, that guy has to be facing the other way. This piece of ammunition doesn&#8217;t blow up so fast, it only detonates this much. You can&#8217;t be standing next to it when it goes off or you&#8217;ll become a casualty.&#8221;</span></p> <p>The game&#8217;s makers also appear to have treated the dead with respect, by not including any dead Marines in in-game cinematics.</p> <h3>Hell, Abstracted</h3> <p>Six Days in Fallujah is just one example. And even in this post, I&#8217;ve committed the cardinal sin of video game commentary: not having played the game. In this case that&#8217;s not even possible, because it&#8217;s not out yet, but that&#8217;s a pervasive problem with controversies about video games. Typically, when people are angry at a game they perceive as damaging the moral fabric of our society, they haven&#8217;t actually played it - or, often, <em>any </em>video game. this is nothing short of intellectual laziness.</p> <p>Video games are popular, they&#8217;re powerful, they&#8217;re capable of a great variety of expression. We need to treat them with the seriousness they deserve.</p> <p><em>p.s. The rest of <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/id/200861" target="_blank">Ephron&#8217;s article</a> makes for interesting reading and is well worth a read.</em></p> <p><em>Philip Trippenbach is a freelance video game and social media designer working for BBC Current Affairs. He blogs at <a href="http://unsheffield.net/?wp_ct=28 " target="_blank">Just Another Meme Vector</a>.</em><br/><a href="http://unsheffield.net/2009/06/the-dirty-g-word/">The Dirty &#8216;G&#8217; Word</a></p> <script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~s/unsheffield.net?i=" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=12#post-17 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 15:58:31 +0000 Jag Gill 17@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <div style="float:left;padding-right:5%"><a href="http://unsheffield.net/?wp_ct=23" target="_blank"><img title="Techophobia" src="http://unsheffield.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/images/sponsors/technophobia_180.gif" alt="TechnoPhobia" /></a></div> <div> <p>However impressive a piece of technology is in terms of what it can help us achieve, its usefulness is inevitably limited by its usability.  Good ergonomic and human interface design are critical for making software and physical technology solutions that are intuitive enough for people to just get on with effectively using, rather than battling with.  <a href="http://unsheffield.net/?wp_ct=23" target="_blank">TechnoPhobia</a> understand that people drive the software tools they create; their approach to design and development is in absolute keeping with our theme of reducing the barriers to engagement for Future Users of Cool Technology.</p> <p><br/><a href="http://unsheffield.net/2009/06/technophobia/">Technophobia </a></p> <script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~s/unsheffield.net?i=" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=8#post-13 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:49:30 +0000 Unsheffield Forum 13@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <p>[...] - it&#8217;s been my pleasure to help promote the UnSheffield event taking place on 19-21 June with a featured blog post on their site.  UnSheffield&#8217;s event theme is &#8216;Future Users of Cool technology&#8217; and the barcamp [...]</p>
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Joanne Jacobs on "<br /> <b>Strict Standards</b>: Non-static method BP_Options::get() should not be called statically in <b>/home/unsheff/public_html/bbpress/bb-includes/backpress/functions.bp-options.php</b> on line <b>9</b><br /> No Future Shock"
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=8#post-12 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:58:30 +0000 Joanne Jacobs 12@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <p>Okay it&#8217;s rough to criticise the work of Alvin Toffler, nearly 40 years after he published &#8216;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Shock">Future Shock</a>&#8216;. But while Toffler&#8217;s key premise - that the shift from an industrial age to a post-industrial, highly technology-mediated society would leave us all feeling rather disconnected and over stressed - may have some merit in terms of information overload, it&#8217;s perhaps not quite as stressful and certainly a more connected existence we have been living in technologically developed societies since the early 1990s. With mass adoption of mobile communications devices and the development of graphical browsers for the World Wide Web we have steadily been forging and reinforcing links between ourselves, and expecting others to always be available, for help to be at hand, and for new connections to be created daily, on the basis of shared interest or a common goal. </p> <p>So while Toffler may have got the notion of technological expansion right, there are serious flaws in his sense that we&#8217;d all be rather unhappy about it. In fact, as more contexts for communication and collaboration emerge, the &#8216;happiness&#8217; of users of digital media tends to grow. Indeed if anyone is feeling stressed and disconnected it is those who lack either the literacy or the infrastructure to participate. </p> <p><br/><a href="http://unsheffield.net/2009/06/no-future-shock/">No Future Shock</a></p> <script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~s/unsheffield.net?i=" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
Jag Gill on "<br /> <b>Strict Standards</b>: Non-static method BP_Options::get() should not be called statically in <b>/home/unsheff/public_html/bbpress/bb-includes/backpress/functions.bp-options.php</b> on line <b>9</b><br /> Future Users? Cool Technology?"
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http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/topic.php?id=3#post-4 Thu, 28 May 2009 11:00:23 +0000 Jag Gill 4@http://unsheffield.net/bbpress/ <p>So who are these Future Users we&#8217;re talking about? And what do we mean by Cool Technology? Why should the former care about the latter?  And why should we care that they care about it? All these questions, and many more besides, are exactly the kind we hope to understand better at <span class="unsheffield">Unsheffield</span>.</p> <h3>Future Users at Unsheffield</h3> <p>I have no doubt that <span class="unsheffield">Unsheffield</span> attendees will be a mix of both the Future Users and the makers of Cool Technology, not only at the unconference sessions, but also the public workshops.</p> <p>The focus of the event is squarely on the user side.  We want the makers and hackers to come away with a better understanding of who that demographic is, why they aren&#8217;t current users, what needs to happen to turn Future Users into current users, what the producers can do to help make that conversion, and why they should.</p> <p>Going the other way, we want the Future Users to have a better handle of the possibilities of Cool Technology, what &#8217;s involved with creating it, and to have broken down some of the myths of technology, dispelled some of its magic. <br/><a href="http://unsheffield.net/2009/05/future-users-cool-technology/">Future Users? Cool Technology?</a></p> <script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~s/unsheffield.net?i=" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>