Eric Tang: Spent

I chose this game over the rest because I was curious about what kind of scenarios will be implemented into this game. When the game first started out I was given three job options, I decided to be a mover as it provided the most stable hours and pay. Unfortunately this job also meant that I would be putting my health at risk, but I came into this game with the idea that this would only be temporary while I’m getting out of this financial hole. By the end of the game, the risk and reward of my choice was debatable as I finished the game with multiple health problems that if left unchecked/untreated at some point may endanger my life. Even though I knew my job would be risky I decided to opt out of the health plans as the cost would take away any of my savings at the end of the month. Like I mentioned before, my plan was to get out of this financial trouble so I held my breath and hoped that over the next couple of months no serious health problems will develop. For groceries, I basically went in and bought almost all my regular grocery but of course I looked mostly at carbs and protein and overlooked vegetables as they were out of my budget. I stuck mainly with top ramen and potatoes for carbs, orange juice for vitamin C, frozen chicken for protein and some carrots and beans for fiber.

Living day to day meant that I had to constantly reach out to relatives and friends for help whether they be financial or with house chores. In regards to my child’s livelihood, I made sure he got everything he needed because in the off chance that I can no longer work or support him financial, he would have been taught certain skills that cannot be lost if he ever found himself broke like myself. So when he wanted to go to a genius camp, he went. When he wanted to go attend an afterschool sport, he did. The only thing I did not allow him to have was not eating free school lunches. I personally was a “free lunch” kid and I had no problem with getting free meals. The meal was the same as the rest of the other cafeteria food and the cost would have burned a hole in my wallet.

The systemic effect related to poverty is that it is easy to fall into it but extremely hard to get yourself out without having a bit of luck. To be honest, even after penny pinching my way through the month, I will not be able to save enough unless I neglected my child’s opportunities to attend camp and sports. While I would never compare my life to the one portrayed in this game, what I can say is that with the budget my family is on I appreciate what opportunities have been given to me and a new found appreciation for those who have given them to me.

Jacob Robson: My Minecraft Experience

Game Basics:

Build a crafting table. How do you do it?

I took wood, made it into planks, then placed four planks in the crafting window to make a my very own crafting table.

How can you grow plants in the game? Why do you want to grow plants?

You can grow plants by planting saplings you get from harvesting trees. When a tree is harvested, it is removed from the game forever. In order to maintain a supply of wood, saplings need to be replanted.

You may have discovered the Forest and Mountain biomes. What other biomes are there? Do they offer different resources?

I had started out in a massive jungle, with tall trees and vines everywhere. I found a  tundra too, with snow and ice everywhere. I don’t know if I can build anything with the snow, but I could gather it up.


Theme Insights:

What do you do when you have collected too many things to carry?

I made a chest and stored my random objects by putting eight planks in a square shape with the crafting table.

Diamonds are rare. How does their scarcity affect what you do with them?

I never found any diamonds, but I imagine that they are used to craft some of the best equipment later in the game. As they are rare, they will always be allocated towards what you absolutely need at the moment

What resource do you wish you had more of? Why is it hard to get? How can you change that?

As I got to the tundra, there were very few trees, so I needed to bring wood from the jungle in order to build my wooden tundra house. I wished there were more trees in the tundra, as it would have saved me a lot of time in the long run, and crafting wooden equipment would have been a little easier. I could have searched a bit harder, and probably found some trees that grew in the tundra, but I knew where wood already could be located.


World Connections:

Are all resources renewable? Identify a renewable resource in the world. How is the use and renewal managed?

There are many renewable resources all around us, such as wood and game animals. In order to maintain a steady supply of these resources, conservation efforts and breeding programs have to be implemented in order to maintain the “flow” of the resource.

What strategies are used if a resource is hard to renew? Why are these strategies important?

If a resource is difficult to renew, ordinances such as hunting limits have to be put into place to stem the consumption of the resource, and for the continued survival of the item being harvested.



Welcome to Games, Technology, and Society!

In this course, we will play, critique, analyze, and design games as an exploration of the interplay between new technologies and society. We will consider how technological developments affect social systems, and conversely, how social systems affect the nature and use of technology.

Unlike many other classes you may have encountered, this course will be experienced as an adventure. By the end, you will have completed four quest-lines, developing skills as a critical consumeran ethnographera game designer, and an entrepreneur. Throughout the adventure you will develop your understanding of games, their design, and potential for impact. Expect to have fun!

Please explore the Adventure Game Board (this course website) for essential details on how this course will run, and the resources at your disposal.