Sunday Sketch – Idrawing 2020

        Looking at the limited materials available around me, I was uncertain what I should do for the Sunday sketch assignment, since all I have these days for completing homework are my technological tools. It might be even hard to believe for others that I could not find a piece of paper in my room since I am used to tablet for my college career. I soon realize that the world has stepped into a digital era that has completely changed every individual’s life dramatically. Not having traditional drawing materials is not the issue. Therefore, I utilize the features around me, creating a three-dimensional drawing that I have never tried before. 



      An item that could be easily found nearby me is a mouse that is used to be plugged into a laptop. Utilizing this item and combining it to the technological feature that I thought before, I then created an image that shows the future drawing machine that is based on technology rather than traditional painting to echo the world we are living in. Mimicking the appearance of a traditional mouse of today but has more advanced features and colors, the future drawing machine showing on the right side gives enough space for people to create and imagine something that does not happen today. Drawing could also become digital and completely advanced in the future world with the aid of technological tools. 

link to prompt: https://eng101f20.davidmorgen.org/quests/side-quests/side-quest-5-sunday-sketches/

Sunday Sketch – Idrawing 2020

        Looking at the limited materials available around me, I was uncertain what I should do for the Sunday sketch assignment, since all I have these days for completing homework are my technological tools. It might be even hard to believe for others that I could not find a piece of paper in my room since I am used to tablet for my college career. I soon realize that the world has stepped into a digital era that has completely changed every individual’s life dramatically. Not having traditional drawing materials is not the issue. Therefore, I utilize the features around me, creating a three-dimensional drawing that I have never tried before. 



      An item that could be easily found nearby me is a mouse that is used to be plugged into a laptop. Utilizing this item and combining it to the technological feature that I thought before, I then created an image that shows the future drawing machine that is based on technology rather than traditional painting to echo the world we are living in. Mimicking the appearance of a traditional mouse of today but has more advanced features and colors, the future drawing machine showing on the right side gives enough space for people to create and imagine something that does not happen today. Drawing could also become digital and completely advanced in the future world with the aid of technological tools. 

link to prompt: https://eng101f20.davidmorgen.org/quests/side-quests/side-quest-5-sunday-sketches/

What’s In Your Bag?

items in my bag:

  1. Laptop: I used my mac all the time to do homework and editing for different documents and excels. It is also used frequently for me to send emails. As a college student studying online, laptop is indispensable for me especially in terms of academics.
  1. Phone: a device that is with me all the time no matter what size of my bag is. I not only use it for some basic applications like camera, phone call, but also use it as my social tool to pay by apps, listen to music, and text friends.
  2. Mask: obviously need it at this time since covid is still here. Many public places in China require people to wear masks to get the permission to get in.
  3. iPad: I used my iPad with apple pencil in college every day. I used to be a person stick with hardcopy. However, after college started, I noticed that it is hard to keep notes on separate notebooks for all the subjects I learn. It is much more convenient for me to record down in a single tablet and review whenever I need. The iPad is also used for me watch videos and dramas for entertainment.
  4. AirPods: I used it to listen to audio, music in the public space. The design of AirPods really makes my life simple and convenient.
  5. Calculator: some of my courses, such as chemistry, require complex calculations and Ti 84 really becomes my tool when calculating. Laptop, iPad, calculator, and sometimes AirPods have become the only things I need for study.
  6. ID card: I keep my ID card all the time with me so that I would be sure it is placed safely and I can take it out whenever I need it in the society.
  7. Key: having my key with me makes me easy to enter my house even sometimes my parents are not at home.
  8. Umbrella: it is with me all the time through summer to protect me from sunburn. Self care is another topic of my life that I pay attention on.

I like this interesting side quest since it made me start to look at myself from an angle that I have not paid attention on before. Though many people may say this small part of life cannot represent one’s life entirely, it gives people a different perspective to reflect on which type of people they are; some details usually can tell something objective about an individual surprisingly. This image is actually easy to make since I basically only grab these stuff when going out. My life is regular like many other peers; I am into technology and also keep organized and relatively simple . Writing in catalog is a special type of writing, because we are complex enough that cannot only be represented by certain items, but through an objective view, we are actually describing ourselves to readers; this exploration makes writing not limited and boring but more interesting.

Player Narrative Reflection Post

player narrative: https://thisiselainecom.wordpress.com/player-narrative/
I started my player narrative first by reflecting upon my literary narrative. I thought that the most thing I could improve was the flow of details in the essay that could make the essay vivid. Getting the idea for an essay is quite important, so I had been brainstorming my experience as a player for a long time. I realized that games are not limited into digital form that I spent most of my leisure time with in childhood, but it also means any quest that I experienced, as long as I kept a “playful” attitude. Then my experience shifted to the recent, when Professor Morgen asked us to play several unique games with meaningful topic and delicate design. I found that the games I enjoyed in class echoed with one of my interests – escape room, which I had lots of memories with.

The main idea of my essay is that good games, like escape room, not only bring us to solve puzzles, but also lead us to experience a variety of emotions; reaching the end of a game successfully is not the purpose; enjoying the process of exploration and appreciating the artistic effects the game designed with are more enjoyable. To express my theme, I chose to first introduce my first opinion on escape room, and elaborate what I experienced in an advanced game to highlight the surprise and gain from it. Finally, I applied the mindset of a player into real life that if we can be “playful”, putting less concerns and more courage in the matter we are dealing with, our life might be filled with exploration and excitement.

Writing this player narrative makes me dig deeper into the experience I had in my life and try to reconstruct a concrete story into an exposition based on vivid memories. With the big amount of details contained in the actual game, I also learned to utilize the information and put them together to make the essay clear and simple.

Liveblogging for Gone Home

        Here I am to begin the exploration in the game, gone home. Coming first to a player’s mind is a story line that illustrates the daughter, Katie, in a family was traveling back from Europe at the airport and calling her mom. The opening of the story gives little clue but leaves enough space for players to imagine what would happen afterwards. Then, a few minutes later, the screen switched from the airport scene to a house, leaving a dark room for player to freely explore. I firstly noticed that at a rainy night, the house without any people present looked fairly scary and mysterious. The weird atmosphere made me wonder where are the other family members. Turning around and searching for more clues, I noticed that there was a note left by Sam on the door and the door was locked. I read through the note, learning that Sam intended to make me not worried under the current situation. Then I moved around and found that there was a key hidden inside a drawer under an item. That moment marked my excitement and progression for the storyline. 



        Then I utilized the key and opened the door, coming to another room with access of different rooms. I looked at all the available items left in the house, and gradually explored the layout of the house. There was a sound coming from Sam at some moments and recalling her experience. The depressing music accompanying with the game as it went on intensifies the mysterious effect the designer wanted to display. With all the clues I discovered by myself, I was afraid that the sequence of the story I randomly followed would disrupt my understanding of the entire story. However, it is one of the most interesting features of this game. It gives players enough space to explore freely, no matter what sequence they follow. It is similar to finding out the missing pieces of a puzzle and putting them together gradually to look at the whole picture. The design and freedom the game contains are definitely the highlights for this product.



        As I went on the story and unlocked different rooms inside the house, I eventually learned that the sister of Katie, was falling in love with her classmate, Lonnie, and her life was changed dramatically. As for their mom, whose husband was trapped in his depression, she met a nice ranger, Rick, who showed interest in her. Meanwhile, their dad and mom had a talk afterwards and wanted to give their marriage another try by joining a camp. All the mysteries were gradually revealed. The story line is interesting and full of surprise. 



        This product gives me a totally new angle to look at games in general. A good game is never only produced for entertainment, but also for space learning, detection, and any other sorts of challenges. A game, such as Gone Home, could be filled with emotions and lives if it is well designed. Good game is definitely also a form of literature that is worth appreciating. 

Addition:

This is one of the scenes in the game. It is worth mentioning that all the details in the game, including visual and auditory effects, all intensify the main scary theme of the story. The details in the game is pretty delicate and worth appreciating.

Plant Cake

I was choosing image at very first to look for something living and vivid. The word “plant” appeared in my mind and then I searched for that and found an ideal one that I used for my final picture. Looking at the material, I found the soil part takes a big portion of the picture and consists an important amount of the supporting system of the living life. Such a wonderful section should be compared with something that are welcomed by people in their daily life. Based on the shape and the function, I immediately thought about cake, which are the daily desert that are attractive for many households. Founding a coconut cake picture online, I tried to cut out the picture and blend the cake with the soil perfectly. This step is a little challenging since my photo-editing skill is not proficient enough. Overall, I want to share that living life, especially those supporting systems that work hard always, are as sweet as those we value highly.

Plant Cake

I was choosing image at very first to look for something living and vivid. The word “plant” appeared in my mind and then I searched for that and found an ideal one that I used for my final picture. Looking at the material, I found the soil part takes a big portion of the picture and consists an important amount of the supporting system of the living life. Such a wonderful section should be compared with something that are welcomed by people in their daily life. Based on the shape and the function, I immediately thought about cake, which are the daily desert that are attractive for many households. Founding a coconut cake picture online, I tried to cut out the picture and blend the cake with the soil perfectly. This step is a little challenging since my photo-editing skill is not proficient enough. Overall, I want to share that living life, especially those supporting systems that work hard always, are as sweet as those we value highly.

Avatar

This is the image that my cousin, who is major in art, created for me in her spare time. I chose this because of multiple reasons. First of all, the skills of my cousin are very exquisite that she painted the picture with matching color and great layout. The girl in the picture looks like me at some point. I am particularly interested in the style my cousin chose; the overall clothing seems very comfortable, which might be my pick. Secondly, I like the emotion behind the picture that this is a gift that one of my relatives gives to me. When creating this badge, I was having trouble uploading this picture clearly since I need to convert it from a paper version to digital version. With good lightning and technology, however, I successfully took the picture and uploaded it onto the website.

Literacy Narrative Reflection

Throughout my educational experience, my reading methods varied, and the differences between the Western and Eastern cultures broadened my perspectives to read and look at the world in diverse ways.

When writing about the essay, which is about how my experience shapes the ways I read, it was a longtime flashback of the past few years. It seemed strange at the very first since I had never paid attention on the stories that impacted the ways I look at literature, and I had no ideas what I should do with the free writing that had no rubric and no specific requirement. Because of that, I deeply recalled from the beginning of my educational journey. I had never thought any differently of myself in the way of pursuing knowledge, especially in terms of literature. Reflecting my overall experience, I found myself, surprisingly, like to look for connections in different things. “In drawing these comparisons, I’ve come to see that no matter how the narratives are depicted or the emotions expressed, human experience and morality across cultures is tightly connected, without any formal agreement.” Though the different sides of the world are remarkably distinct, the human nature is all in agreement. This perspective also provides me a new clue to explore something new when roaming in the world of literature in the future.