Richard McHugh – Bournemouth Digital Media Student


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Discipline and Research – Essay Ideas

My idea for the essay was to show the development of the first 4 Metal Gear Solid games.

I want to ask one of my flatmates to play the opening sequence of each Metal Gear Solid games 1-4 and see the development of the games, through means of graphics, storyline and gameplay.

One of the main areas I want to write about in my essay is the use of camera angles, birds eye view, 3rd person, first person etc.
Metal Gear Solid 1-2 have birds eye views of the game, Metal Gear Solid 3-4 are 3rd person styled games.

I want to see how these camera angles changed the user experience of the game. This might be playability and gameplay, but also character development. Do you relate to and have an emotional connection for the character more, if you are seeing through the eyes of the character or seeing the character you’re playing as.

Metal Gear Solid timeline

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Group Project – Website Draw up and name

This is a rough draw up of our website and what we want it to look like.

Website DrawingIn our website we want users to be able to create an account, upload images, have an account page, like posts and maybe add comments to posts.
Also some of the features we want to add to the website is to have a sort feature on the posts which the user can change, to display the most liked images, newly added posts.

We thought of the name Easel for the web app which we all agreed was relevant and creative.


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Group Project – First Meetup (Idea Brain storm)

I met up with my group a couple of weeks ago, they had an idea of creating an online Art Gallery of an existing gallery like the Bournemouth Modern Museum which I thought was a really good idea.
Abbie visited the museum and didn’t feel that it was very commercial for what we wanted, so I thought of an idea of users being able to upload their own artwork, similar to instagram but only being able to upload drawings, paintings and other types of art work but not photography.

We created an about us page showing everyone who is in our group displaying a picture of us and a bio.

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Making a Contribution To a Community Based UGC Platform

This was the first time editing and adding information to a Wiki page.

WikiBooks

I visited Wikibooks to see the recipe to create the perfect cup of tea. I always buy Yorkshire tea bags so I wanted to add preferably Yorkshire tea bags in the ingredients.

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I was very surprised at how easy it was, you don’t even need to create an account and log in to make a change. Once you make the change and save it the webpage will instantly update and display the changes.

Openstreetmap

There is an Open Source map website called openstreetmap, I wanted to see if my Mum and Dads seafood business was located on the map and if not I wanted to add a pinpoint showing where it is.

It wasn’t located so I went through the process in adding the pinpoint. With this wiki platform you have to log in to make edits. But to add to the map is very simple, all you do is click edit then point and click where you want to add the pinpoint, add a few details and select the area and thats it. My Mum and Dads Business is now located on openstreetmap.orgopenstreetmap


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Open Source Software

I have used a Linux based operating system called Ubuntu on my desktop PC, which is completely free and open source.
I had this as a dual boot system so that I could access Windows when I wanted or Ubuntu when I wanted. It is a very easy to use operating system which is very quick, I found it very similar to Apple’s operating system in the way of visuals and usability.
It has all the programs you need from editing software, word processing, databases, video playback and many more programs and applications.

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Overall I found Ubuntu to be an extremely good alternative to the more popular Apple and Microsoft operating systems, businesses could save a lot of money on licensing costs of operating systems by choosing to use Ubuntu.

The only reason I chose to uninstall Ubuntu was because I personally prefer using Windows 7 and I didn’t have a lot of hard drive space on my computer.

Other programs I use now which are open source;

  • VLC, which is a multimedia player which plays almost all video and audio files possible, this is very useful as some operating systems standard media player can only play certain file types. But this can be installed on any operating system.
  • OpenOffice which is very similar to Microsoft Office but is completely free.
  • Inkscape, this is similar to Adobe Illustrator. It doesn’t have nearly as many features as Illustrator but is a very good free alternative.
  • Brackets is a HTML text editor.