70’s and Early 80’s Video Game

Video Game Timeline
Video Game Timeline

Millions of players missed the late 60s-70s video game, a time when video gaming was just getting its start, with the introduction of such hits like Spacewar, PONG, Atari, Space Invaders etc. It was indeed a glorious period. This week blog I will list fews greatest games that we have missing out and all so I found some websites you can actually play it online. Have fun!

1962 the first computer-based video game was Spacewar. It is a two-player game, with each player taking control of starship and attempting to destroy the other spaceship. Click Here to play this game.

spacewar game
spacewar game

1972 PONG is one of the earliest arcade video games and the very first sports arcade video game. It is a tennis sports game featuring simple two dimension graphics. Click Here to play this game

Pong arcade game
Pong arcade game

1977 Atari releases the Video Computer System featuring a joystick, interchangeable cartridges, games in colour, and switches for selecting games and different levels. It makes millions of Americans home video game players. Click Here  to play Atari Academy

Atari
Atari

1978 Space Invaders is an arcade video and one of the earliest shooting games. Click Here to play Space Invaders

Space Invaders
Space Invaders

 

1983 Video game fans go crazy over Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, featuring a character that would become world-famous: Mario. Click Here to play Mario Video Game

Super Mario
Super Mario

 

HTML & CSS

HTML & CSS
HTML & CSS

For this week in class, we learnt about coding and how to make a website by using codes.

HTML stands for the Hypertext Markup Language is the language for describing the structure of Web pages. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets is the language for describing the presentation of Web pages including colours, layout and fonts. The separation of HTML from CSS makes it easier to maintain sites, share style sheets across pages and tailor pages to different environments.

I’ve learn coding a few years back for my Interior Design course at Griffith. It was really difficult for me to learn and memorise all the codes. However, there is a website called Code Academy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 8 different programming languages. As a design student, this website is a life saver. I signed up and have learnt so much about coding. Code Academy also provides a forum where beginner and advanced coders can come together and help each other. Oh did I mention it’s FREE!! Check it out CLICK HERE

Code Academy Website
Code Academy Website

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift headset
Oculus Rift headset

This week our lecturer brought Oculus Rift in class. I must say Oculus Rift is easily one of the coolest pieces of technology I’ve known so far.

So what is the Oculus Rift? It’s a virtual reality headset that allows players to step inside games or apps and completely immerse themselves in a virtual world.

Basically everyone in class has 5 minute to experiment this realistic looking apartment. The apartment was amazing, modern style with big glass windows around, marble top kitchen, art room and everything. You can walk around by focusing in a little camera icon. Then the second one was a roller coster. This one was awesome. It feels like I was on a real roller coster, with all up and down movement. However, I got a bit motion sick after, it takes couple minutes to balance myself out. Maybe it was just too real. Here’s a video that I found on youtube to demonstrate how does it feel when you on an Oculus Rift Roller Coaster. Check it out!

MAKEY MAKEY

makeymakey

Bananas-comp

This week was FUN! Our lecturer brought MaKey MaKey to class so we could experience and have fun with it.

The Makey Makey is a simple electronics kit that allows everyday objects to be used as basic computer keyboard inputs.

MaKey MaKey Set
MaKey MaKey Set

How does it work? Well I took me a while to understand the way it works.

Experience 1
Experience 1

In this picture a MaKey MaKey is being used to connect an graphy piano keyboard pencil drawing to a computer. A small amount of electricity flows from the computer to the piano keyboard. To complete the circuit, the person in the picture needs to hold a ground wire (which it was a hair band). This ground wire works as a return path for the electricity.

For a circuit to work, electricity needs to flow in a circular path, from a power source (when we’re using a MaKey MaKey our computer is the power source), to a object (in the picture, the piano keyboard is the object), and then back to the power source (it travels through you back to the laptop). With a MaKey MaKey anything that conducts electricity can be turned into a button for your computer. The video below is how is done:

 

 

So our other task was creative an interactive experience that could be installed for the next opening day. I called it “Apple Photo Boot”. It works  the same way with the above experience. Makey Makey is used to connect an apple to a camera in the photo boot. You can take a photo just by touching an apple.

 

Experience 2
Experience 2

Looking for more information? You can visit their website Click Here

Weavesilk

#bonniengsketch
#bonniengsketch

This week I got to experience this interactive generative art website called Weavesilk and I absolutely love it!

Weavesilk was created by Yuri Vishnevsky as an experiment in geerative art. You can get Weavesilk app on all the devices (laptop, ipad, mobile phone). This Silk interactive app turns gestures into colourful drawings, and the best thing is you don’t have to be an artist to make something so beautiful. There are minimal but effective controls for colour, symmetry, spiral mode and mirror mode. You can change and combine the effects for various drawing results. Also when you are done with your creation, you can save or share it on social media.

Here’s a Youtube video demo of some amazing artwork has created from Weavesilk:

Demographic

My aim target audiences are youth adult, design student and blogger/designer

1. Youth Adult

Young Adult
Young Adult

Age: 20-25 Female and Male

University Student

Love reading blog, get more knowledge

2. Design Student

Design Student
Design Student

Age: 18-25 Female and Male

Love reading blog and try to learn something new

3. Blogger/Designer

Mike Perry - Designer
Mike Perry – Designer

Age: 20-late 30

Dreamer, have passion in design

Social Media

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.

Why Social Media is So Addicted?
Why Social Media is So Addicted?

Are you guilty of checking your Facebook account before you even get out of bed in the morning? Do you tweet while on a romantic first date? You may think your own social media habits are harmless, but how do you know if you’ve crossed the line into an addiction?

For most people, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are harmless platforms that allow for social interaction and personal expression. This people are most teenagers and youth adults.

According the source below:

  • Teenagers (81%) use social media more than adults (72%).
  • Facebook is by far the most popular network for teenagers at 94%
  • As for age, there is very little difference of usage percentage between a 13 year old and a 49 year old.

As a youth adult myself, I found it’s hard to stop using social media to update information. It called the Fear of Missing Out. So for instance, when I don’t have access to social media like Facebook, I feel anxious and can thing of anything else besides what I’m missing online.

It’s a bad addiction. According The University of Chicago research, there is the correlation between low self-estem and social media addiction, being social media online is easier for people who suffer from self-estem issues and within this group, an addiction to sites like Facebook and Twitter is much more easily formed.

 

Adults Versus Teens How We Use Social Media Infographic - Jeremy Smith
Adults Versus Teens How We Use Social Media Infographic – Jeremy Smith

 

LEONAR3DO

leonar3do
leonar3do

This week topic is Leonar3Do

What is Leonar3do? Leonar3do is an integrated software and hardware platform to create and visualise virtual 3D objects in real space while sitting on your desktop. This could be our future design revolution. The Leonar3Do can be used by designers, for education or just for fun. The system includes the 3D modeling software, 3D glasses, eye-tracking and a handheld tooling device called the Bird.

Here’s a demonstration video, and for more information Click Here

REBUS

We’ve given a task to create your own rebus. Based upon our understanding of the origins of meaning; from pictorial to visual representation of sounds, create a rebus that express our name.

What is rebus? Rebus is a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters.

First I brainstorm my ideas, what does present my name Bonnie? Of course, Bon Bon Christmas, people often calls me with that name also. So I come up with an illustration diagram for bon bon, step by step how I create the symbol. I attached my works below 🙂

Rebul 1
Rebul 1
Rebul 2
Rebul 2