Tag: video games

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers had a great moment a couple weeks ago – we got our first celebrity ambassador for the organization, a very popular Indian film actor named Abhay Deol, who has acted in some of the best “art” films of the last few years. We organized a screening in one of the bastis (slums) in […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

Can a virtual world bring together young and old people to explore a community’s history in a shared video game experience? This is a question we’re pondering in the wake of some user testing of our Remembering 7th Street video game. We previously showed a video version of our game world to people who remembered […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

When I describe our Remembering 7th Street video game project to journalists, I often get a puzzled look. Why is a journalism school doing a video game? How does video game storytelling square with the craft of journalism or the mission of news organizations? Aren’t video games about entertainment, not news? The pat answer to […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

Should virtual world video games offer a parallel game experience in the real world? This is something we’ve discussed adding to our Remembering 7th Street video game project, possibly using GPS devices, such as GPS-enabled cellphones. Our game currently exists entirely inside a virtual world – a re-creation of the jazz and blues club scene […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

At a video games seminar last month at MIT sponsored by the Knight Foundation, several of the MIT folks talked about lessons learned from games they developed that resonated with our Remembering 7th Street jazz and blues clubs project. One of the games MIT produced is Revolution, a video game recreation of historic events in […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

I mentioned in my last post how we’re balancing the sometimes conflicting demands of education and entertainment in our Remembering 7th Street video game, especially deciding how much explanatory text should be included in the game. Here’s a note from Becca MacLaren, one of the journalism students working on the game, about our discussions: One […] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

Can new technologies be used to tell old stories about a local community? That’s the question we’re trying to answer with our “Remembering 7th Street” project that uses a video game to tell the story of Oakland, California’s old jazz and blues club scene. During the 1940s and 1950s, Oakland’s 7th Street was a vibrant […] more »