Final Report for the Duck Hunt

So its all said and done, we finished our work so now its time to reflect. I chose to record a video for my individual Dossier of the UOW Duck Hunt because it was easier for me to reflect my thoughts that way. In the video I discuss issues like: what the UOW Duck Hunt is, why we made the game, The filming and Editing process, and the group dynamics.

To summarize the content talked about in the video; the UOW duck hunt is a ARG tour/game for the new students at the University of Wollongong to play. It is designed to introduce the campus to the first years and hopefully help them when learning their way around. We initially had the idea to have an Amazing race style game where contestants would scan QR codes to gain points and the winners would be the team with the most points. Personally I was in charge of Directing and editing all the footage. The group delegated that we would film for 3 weeks and I would edit for another 3, however I was able to push myself to get the editing done about a week ahead of schedule. The only real problem we encountered was uploading the videos to YouTube. Living in Australia means we have very slow upload speeds, I ended up uploading around 1.5gb of data to our YouTube Channel in 8 hours at my house. Finally the group worked really well together, we were able to bounce ideas of each other and created a final product we all were very proud of. If we had had more time I really wished we could have completed all the courses. However, due to our inexperience at being on camera and reading scripts, it just wasn’t possible for us to film the rest of the paths.

Things I didn’t mention while I was recording this was talking about one specific issue we had while recording. It was one we didn’t count on running in to; with Sean supplying the camera and Microphone for most of the videos we didn’t expect him to miss a day. Unfortunately he did miss a day getting his wisdom teeth out which led to us using different equipment on that day. The Audio for the videos recorded without Sean’s equipment is quite noticeably different and if we could re-shoot those videos I would.

Other than that the duck hunt turned out better than expected. We were all really happy with the final outcome of the products. We learned from our own gaming experience and ARG research what makes a good game and we stuck to that strategy. We created a simple fun game for all to enjoy and hopefully will provide people a possibility to meet new people when first starting university

To see more visit our Game Dossier.

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Week 10- the journalcast

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Censorship online, whats the big deal about it?

Its time to look at the elephant in the room; no I don’t mean Anita Sarkeesian, I’ll save that for another time. I’m talking about censorship online, is it a good thing or a bad thing? I really am torn on this issue because I am against any form of censorship; however, there are some things online that really shouldn’t be there.

Censorship online is different in each country, in china for example you would be lucky to find anything at all relevant to current events outside of china that isn’t propaganda. China has heavily censored their internet in their country making it almost impossible for outside websites to enter the country. They have this system called “The Great Firewall of China” (real original by the way.) This firewall monitors every website that has access to the country. Zhang (2006) looks at how the country’s government uses its power of censorship to ‘protect’ its population to make sure they don’t find anything unsafe. However, according to this government the video below is unsafe.

The Chinese government has heavily restricted its population’s access to the internet so much that a panda sliding down a slide is unsafe because it appears on youtube.

That’s just an example of a country with heavily censored internet, but what about here in our own backyard?

Here in the mighty Australia, our attitude towards censorship really falls back onto what our culture is stereotyped as being. “If you have a problem, let us know and we will sort it out,” (ACMA, 2013) Its such an Aussie attitude to have towards it and I think its great. This is how censorship should really work everywhere, well sort of. We can’t give the angry soccer mums all the power. It should be the general consensus that if the majority don’t like it then it should be taken away. Not one angry mother who keeps asking “WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN”

Seriously, if it is just you shut up, stop ruining the internet for all of us (source)

So to sum up, online censorship is useful in most cases. We obviously don’t want to be like china where this blog I guarantee you has been banned because I pointed out how dumb total censorship is. We do need something like Australia where we can make a complaint if we find something offensive online though.

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Week 9, We are getting so close to finishing Feat DOOM

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Week 8, Filming and editing process starts

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Hacking and trolling… practically is the same stuff

Ever since there has been the internet; people find a way to abuse the internet for their own sick ideas of fun. One of the ways this happens is through hacking.  Hacking sort of exploded into mainstream media when Anonymous started their war against censorship. Originally Anonymous was a group who manifested on 4chan’s /b/ boards that acted for the lulz; however, after the church of Scientology took a video of Tom Cruise off the internet Anonymous started their crusade.

Coleman opens his reading “Trolls, Tricksters and Lulz” (2014)  discussing how Anonymous came to the forefront of activism online in 2008. Coleman discusses how Anonymous uses trolling in its mass campaigns against censorship. He also brings up the point that what was once a tool used to gain sensitive information, hacking has become part of trolling online. Hackers have evolved into the modern day trolls of the internet; using their skills to exploit people online. People like Anita Sarkeesian and Scientology; we have all heard the stories of how people on 4chan hacked into places and released data like Sarkeesian’s home address, lists of members of Scientology etc. The trolls claimed these hacks were for the lulz however, it lead to personal attacks on peoples personal lives. Imagine coming home to boxes of inappropriate objects and hundreds of pizzas being sent to your house that you never ordered. These are just examples of what people will go to ‘for the lulz’

We always hear on the internet phrases like “Don’t feed the trolls,” and it is true you shouldn’t feed these trolls. Milner discusses how trolling is a negative activity that happens online in his article ‘Hacking the social’ (2013). Milner discusses that feeding the trolls gives them ammo to attack the feeder. Milner describes trolling as “The art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue.” This definition means that when an argument appears online that usually the trolls will come. The best way to defeat the problem is to ignore them, never feed the trolls and they will slowly disappear.

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Week 7, Lets play/video blog

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