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Tuesday, July 7 • 3:55pm - 4:15pm
Our First 9 Months with ARIS

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In mid 2014, we began an NEH funded project that aims to develop a prototype for a location-based game centered on historical events surrounding orientation sessions at Western College for Women in preparation for the Mississippi Summer Project, in which students trained for civil rights activism in Mississippi in June of 1964. In June-August, we conducted a game ideation and design process with preliminary playtests, created a playtest survey, created a game in ARIS 1.0, and consulted with humanities experts and civil rights veterans. In October, we hosted several playtests with participants and speakers of the Freedom Summer conference in Oxford, OH. These early playtests led us to a better understanding of how the genre of a location-based game may work with our content, and it gave us a deeper understanding of the audience needs and behavior. With the feedback we received in 2014 along with the release of ARIS 2.0, in early 2015, we re-built the game, re-created most of the media content, and consolidated the story into only 4-5 scenes. In April, we hosted a playtest with 40+ students from an American History class and we are planning for more playtests in the summer and later this year.

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Elias Tzoc

Digital Initiatives & Associate Librarian, Miami University
Tzoc works as a web developer for Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University Libraries, the CDS exists to serve as a collaborative partner with faculty, students, and staff and work with them on digital initiatives/humanities/scholarship projects. He’s a co-PI for an NEH... Read More →

Tuesday July 7, 2015 3:55pm - 4:15pm
Main Lounge UW-Madison, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

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