How might we enhance physical comfort and reduce fatigue for players while digital gaming?
My General Ideas
For my general idea task, I spent 1 hour doing self brainstorming session sketching for the general theme challenge. I started with a mind map, thinking about gamers needs, their setting, body posture, environment, etc..
In the beginning of this process I started separate sketches.
Then I felt that I had too many ideas that could be fit under one category, so I grouped some of them. After that, I did several sketches for different ideas; most of them were practical.
New Warm-Up Game
For the warm-up game, I developed two games: the first one I called “Rumor”, and the second, the “Magic crystal ball”.
Rumor is a game that based on saying a sentence, and then the other person will agree with what’s been said and add more information. To play rumors a person will say something and ask somebody else if they had heard about that specific rumor.
At that point in time the person who is asked is then going to replay and heighten the information. Once they have heightened the information they are then going to ask another player if they have heard about it and add new rumor until everybody has a chance to speak a rumor into existence. After all the rumors have been spoken into existence, the group is going to gasp and then giggle.
For example: Hey, Sara did you hear about the bear that ate a bunch of penguins at the zoo?? the other person: I did, I also heard that……etc
I played this game with both groups; they liked it and came up with funny gossip stories.
The Magic crystal ball game was my second warm-up. I decided to do two games in case the group needed more motivation. This game basically focuses on imagination. The player is going to pretend that he is a fortune teller for the person sitting next to him and predicting his future.
For instance: I see through my magic ball that Sara is going to win
$10,000 tomorrow and will buy a Ferrari. After that, the next person
will say something about the first person and then will add something else.
For the first session, with the non-experts, my session was with 4 people who live with me in the same building. I went to the community room in my compound on Saturday, and asked some people if they would like to participate in my brainstorming session on Sunday. Actually, 4 volunteers said yes, and agreed to come, so I gave them the prompt on a piece of paper in advance and asked them to come on Sunday to the session with ideas. In this session I brought some treats and Arabic coffee, because I felt one hour was going to be too long for them. We held the meeting at the community room in my building. The students who joined me in this sitting all were from different countries, speak various languages, were graduate or undergraduate students, and were attending different schools and programs.
1. Graduate student studying Human resources, male.
2. A Syrian television and radio host , female.
3. Undergraduate senior in Genetics, female.
4. Undergraduate senior in Biology and Nutrition, female.
The room that I picked was a great place for this activity: it was a study room that looks like our classroom. I took a table close to the window so they could hang their sketches over there in the end. Before I started the session, I gave the group a brief about what we were going to do: we were going to start with the warm up game, then do brainstorming, then play another game, and in the end do sorting and voting. The group felt more comfortable sitting down when I started the first game. After playing the rumor game, I asked them to start sketching and titling their ideas.
The group knew the question before, but I wrote it down again in case they wanted to look at it. After 20 minutes of brainstorming, I felt that the group were a little bit sleepy, so I introduced my second game, which was the magic crystal ball. They played the game and became more energetic; after that they kept working on their sketches for 20 minutes more. The result of this session was 50 ideas, which mean: 0.15 ideas/min/person in 40 minutes of brainstorming. Later, I asked them to sort them into categories in silence. After that, I told them to pick their top 4 categories and then point out their favorite 4 ideas by giving them star stickers.
For my experts group,
the organization was a little different. In my opinion the people who were involved in this session were more expert.
One of them is a gamer who plays video games for 7 hours every day, and this person was a participant in my last Interview project. The second volunteer, a PHD student, is researching about the impact of video games on children. The third one was an illustrator who designs illustrations for phone games. The last guy was a graduate student who is interested in human factor psychology and behaviors.
In this session, I asked some of my classmates to look at their circle of friends and recommend some people for this session. Besides, I told them there is going to be a free hot drink of their choice if they participated. On Friday I received messages from 4 people and gave them the location, time and prompt in advance.
We met at McNeal Hall in room 310. I picked this room because it is sunny, airy and has a great atmosphere for brainstorming. The room had a bulletin board, white board and big tables that we were able to use.
In the beginning of this session
I bought a drink for each person, besides some treats. Actually with this group all of them didn’t know each other, so I started with the Magic crystal ball game right away for 5 rounds. After that, I started the brainstorming session with them. In deed, I divided the session to two phases of 20 minutes, then 5 minutes brake. We played the rummer game in between, and in second phase the group requested extra time to complete the brainstorming; so the total of the brainstorming session was 55 minutes. This group were so exited and energetic maybe because they ate the chocolate and drank coffee. Finally, the experts group came up with 60 ideas, ten categories and 0.91 ideas/min/person. Also, they took more time than the first group in the brainstorming and sorting categories.
Sorting and Voting
In my session with the experts, the group came up with ten categories.
I asked them to group their sketches without talking like how we usually do in class. After that, I told them to write a title for each category, so they made the following list: fitness, protection, fun, relaxation, technology, health, posture, comfy, control and function. In the end, I asked them to pick their top 4 ideas so I could incorporate them later into my top ideas stage.
In my session with the non-experts, I did the same process like the first group. The categories that this group wrote down were nine: controllers, chairs, environment, phone cases, screens, information, protection, warning and timeout. With this group I gave them a chance to vote for their favorite category first and then their top 4 ideas.
The ideas that came out from these two session were about 110 ideas. Actually, I the sorting and voting session made my life easy in terms of picking the top 20 ideas. I picked 8 ideas from the first group, and 12 from the other one.