Milwaukee spotlight

Students in the first two years submitted short documentaries about relationships and multiculturalism, silent pictures, historical dramas, original music videos, short animations, and more. Some worked with their teachers, many with friends and family, most worked alone. The films were of amazing quality, considering that most students were working with limited equipment and editing capabilities, and all had to juggle their studies with their filmmaking. As Wisconsin rapidly becomes one of the best places in the country for filmmakers to develop their craft, the festival offers students an opportunity and an invitation to build their careers here, keeping valuable and youthful creativity in this state. More »

 

Solidifying the Idea for a Computer Game

We are on a great journey. A journey of creativity, of imagination, and of self-satisfaction. This journey is the journey of designing and developing a computer game.

We now need to start putting together the content for the different levels that the player needs to go through in order for him to reclaim his kingdom.

So, I am thinking that the starting level, or level 1, will place the hero somewhere in the forest between the location where he was kept and trained in secret and one of the smaller villages in the outskirts of the Kingdom. The hero, will be on his way to enter the village when he will meet the first Guardian. The Guardian will advise the hero to perform a few tasks prior to continuing his path.

Throughout his venture in the first level, he will collect important information that he will be using later throughout the game.

So the question now is, what should some of these collectables be? How will they be realized in the game-play and how will they be interconnected to the overall gaming experience?

I believe that we need to have some sort of a map that will be used throughout the game to guide the player on his/her quest. The map will probably change over-time as more pieces are gathered throughout the game. This could be achieved in several different means: (1) the original map will only have limited information to guide the user only for that particular level and mission objectives, and as he progresses throughout the game, the map can also reveal more information and etc… (2) The original map is partitioned in several smaller maps that the player needs to find throughout his/her quest in the game. This will give yet another adventure like experience to the player, as to searching and finding the map collections throughout the game play to meet their overall mission objective.

Other items could range from hidden treasures to sacred books that provide the player with a deeper insight into his family history and the events that have occurred in the past. The treasure will of course be used for wealth and recruitment of allies and other soldiers throughout the gameplay.

Of course he will also be able to pick a few goodies and place them into his inventory for later use.

Of course, we need to also have some way of collecting new ways of defending and fighting with our player. So swords and shields are going to be a big part of the game-play. There is also going to be potions and magic. These items will be required to enhance the gameplay and also provide strategic thinking by the user on how to defeat a particular enemy.

Advancing to the next level. So now, he has more knowledge of the past, and he also has a few goodies in his inventory … ROCK ON! The journey continues. He starts going down the path to the first village.

Entering the village, no one, knows who he is, therefore, everyone is very cautious of him, and pretty much ignore him. One of the main key parts of this level would be for the hero to stumble-upon another friendly character which will give him more wisdom and guidance. This is one of the better known merchants in the village that has been around and has seen the devastation of the Kingdom due to the infamous battles and the brutal rampage by the ORCs.

The merchant turns out to be a very close friend to Maximillian’s father, King Vittorio. At first glance, he does not recognize the young Maximillian, but after a few glances and the initial exchange, he starts to recognize him, and a great joy and happiness overcomes him. At this point, the player starts interacting with the Merchant, and the Merchant is the main supporting character that is going to help Maximillian to get to the next level.

The question again here is what are these new key information points? A better version of the map perhaps? More treasure hunting? More riddles to solve in order to get to the treasure? Improved fighting gear? How about the actual weapons of a Knight? More Inventory Items?

Perhaps, a new set of map will be given to the hero, which illustrates some hidden passageway to the internal kingdom. Also, the marked-up locations of points of interest. Throughout the journey, we may come across some hostility from other character classes. This is where the hero needs to show his ability to defend and fight against his foes. The resistance could be of the Barbarian Class.

Which brings me to the next point. How many different class/character types do we have in the game? Well, the following are the class types which I have been thinking about and brainstorming about:

The Citizen Class: These are your subject in the Kingdom. They are the citizens of the Kingdom. They comprise of the peasants, the farmers, the merchants, and etc…

The Barbarian Class: These are tribes that have no rules, and understand no rules and law! They are fighting machines and the only thing they care about is, looting, lust, and more looting.

The ORC Class: The ORCs are beastly animals that have been living alongside the humans for many generations. They are a community within themselves, and their main objective is collect gold and other treasures. They will go to great wars in order to get possession of such materials and they will destroy and burn down village towns and Kingdoms to get what they want.

The Living Dead: The Living Dead, are a secret weapon of the Evil King Maarten and the Wizard Darnell. These are fallen soldiers who have been kept alive by the wizardry of Darnell. They are the second line of defense in the new Evil Kingdom, and they are very deadly if one is trapped in a group of them.

The Dead Army: Another one of Darnell’s secret weapons. These are also fallen solders that were going to be converted into the Living Dead, but the magic did not work as well, and they turned into living skeletons. Not as powerful as the Living Dead, but still deadly in a small group.

NOTE: looking forward to any comments and feedback anytime!

I would like to bring to a close this article, and I will discuss about the project in further detail in the next.

Sincerely,

Vahé Karamian

Noorcon Game Studios is a young indie game studio located in Los Angeles, CA.

Check us out @ Noorcon Game Studiossales@noorcon.com

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Theater

Scour the campus newspaper to find free activities and events that you can go to. Generally, college towns are filled with concerts, festivals, theater performances and more. If you invest a little extra time and go through the newspaper, you can fill your weekends and free time with great experiences that won’t cost you very much, if anything at all.

As you have probably seen from the above article, making the choice to attend college is not an easy one. There are many different factors that you must take into account. What is right for one person may not be right for another. You have to make the choice that is right for you. The advice given above can help you make this decision, but ultimately, it’s your decision to make.

 

Going To College? Read This Article Now!

Are you considering going to college? If so, then you should not just make a blindfold decision. This decision requires a lot of reflection on your end, as well as some general knowledge about college. Continue reading to learn some excellent knowledge on some of the things you should know about college before making your decision.

Study during the day. It is best to study when you are awake and at your most alert. Studying at night or when you are already fatigued can lead to you spending more time than is usually necessary to comprehend something. Studying while you are wide awake will help you retain information faster and more easily.

If you can find someone who took the same class, offered by the same teacher, the semester before you, then ask them about the class. They can give you valuable insight on the teacher’s style of teaching, where the test questions come from, what type of tests there are and many other helpful hints to put you on the right track.

Practice remembering important details. The most effective way to remember is to first choose to remember, then create a picture in your mind of what you need to remember. Form an association in your mind between things you already know and the new information you need to remember. Repeat the process to make the memory permanent.

When you are trying to choose a school that you would like to attend you should weigh all of the pros and cons of the school compared to what your major will be. You can find many lists that tell you what the department at the school you are interested in ranks.

Kitchen and dining “starter kits” are popular during back-to-school shopping sprees. These all-in-one boxes include things like flatware, bowls, spatulas and so on. While they are a cheap option, they aren’t the most practical. How are you going to use a spatula if you don’t have a kitchen? Your best bet is to purchase only those items that you will be able to use. Anything else is just clutter.

Find out about public transportation options if you don’t have a car. You’ll want to get off campus once in a while and do things in the surrounding area so that you don’t feel imprisoned. Buses or trains may stop at a certain place on campus so that you can get on and off campus easily, and you may be able to call a taxi if you want to go to a specific location.

Learn your professor’s open office hours. Your professors are there to help you, not just to lecture at you. They all have office times where you can reach out for help on areas that are troubling you. If you feel lost, reach out to your professor and they may be able to get you on track!

When you are studying for a test, it is important that you take a break once in awhile. Studying can take a toll on both your physical and mental health, especially if you do not allow yourself a breather now and then. Take a walk or watch some TV for a little while.