Game Time!

  1. Was your game one of chance or skill or a combination of both? How did people respond to the style of play?   My game was a game of skill.  After using your knowledge of nutrition and the five food groups you had to use your shooting skills (or beer pong skills) in order to be successful at my game.  As a PE teacher I deemed it necessary to incorporate shooting skills.
  2. Did your game allow for players to construct knowledge (through play they learned the lesson) or was it more of a showcase of knowledge (asking players for answers to questions would be a good example)?
    My game required some prior knowledge about nutrition and the 5 food groups but it also constructed knowledge through play.  I believe my game allowed a player to gain knowledge by highlighting the percentages of certain food groups in which we consume on a daily basis.
  3. How did the mechanics of the game turn out? Was it slow, fast, cumbersome, just right. Same with the rules. What would you change and why?  The mechanics of the game turned out fairly well.  Making the holes larger made it easier and more fun to play.  It played fast but it could use some improvements on ball return and retrieval.  If I had to change an aspect of the game it would be how a player would receive the food item and the ball return.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpQETYkHlNc[/youtube]

Reflection

To be honest, I thought this class was going to suck.  I pictured a professor lecturing about Microsoft Word and how to ‘Save As’, and how to use PowerPoint.  I was dead wrong.  This class was pretty awesome.  We built a website, went to Chuck E. Cheese and made an arcade!  I learned how to remix on GarageBand and create a Meem.  Prof. Smith is a cool dude and you can tell he puts his heart into this class and gives 100% everyday.  The class theme of “Education Arcade” is brilliant.  I have learned that having a theme makes the course much more interesting.  The class progressed and unfolded in a matter that fostered learning (despite the fast pace of the winter session).

13 thoughts on “Game Time!

  1. I did not play this game, but my sister did. She got a green snake and some tickets. My sister gave you a compliment. She said that you will be a great teacher because you smile and friendly and explain very well. I also think so. You played my game and gave me positive feedback which encouraged me. Great post..

  2. I agree with thasan7, you are friendly and you’re always smiling, kids will love you! I thought your game was fun and educational because you had pictures of food and had us guess how much carbs, proteins, oils, etc were in them. It helps us all make smarter healthier choices! Great game idea!

  3. I didn’t get to play your game =/
    Just watched the video, it looks a lot of fun wish I had played it.
    Great ideas and post!

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  5. This was a cool, surprising, game. I liked the dynamic where even if you got the first percentage wrong, you could take that into consideration and make a better guesstimate on the next ingredient.

  6. Very well done! I thought you did a great job combining the learning and playing aspects to your game.

  7. I like the nutrition aspect of the game as it prompted the player to analyze the food groups represented in specific meals. It was pretty fun tossing the ping pong balls through the various slots. It would have been really cool if you could have made the game play like hitting a hockey puck somehow,,, good job overall…

  8. I think one thing that could be really cool to add to this game would be that the balls tossed into each particular food group would travel into their own column underneath the box. That way the relative heights of each column would give a final visualization of the percentages of the food groups they are trying to hit. The learner would have an opportunity to see the food percentages after.

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