May 012022
 

Da apresentação do livro “Code as Creative Medium: A Handbook for Computational Art and Design de Golan Levin, Tega Brain” em que:
“An essential guide for teaching and learning computational art and design: exercises, assignments, interviews, and more than 170 illustrations of creative work.
This book is an essential resource for art educators and practitioners who want to explore code as a creative medium, and serves as a guide for computer scientists transitioning from STEM to STEAM in their syllabi or practice. It provides a collection of classic creative coding prompts and assignments, accompanied by annotated examples of both classic and contemporary projects, and more than 170 illustrations of creative work, and features a set of interviews with leading educators. Picking up where standard programming guides leave off, the authors highlight alternative programming pedagogies suitable for the art- and design-oriented classroom, including teaching approaches, resources, and community support structures.”

Do índice consta:
Part One: Assignments
Iterative Pattern
Face Generator
Clock
Generative Landscape
Virtual Creature
Custom Pixel
Drawing Machine
Modular Alphabet
Data Self-Portrait
Augmented Projection
One-Button Game
Bot
Collective Memory
Experimental Chat
Browser Extension
Creative Cryptography
Voice Machine
Measuring Device
Personal Prosthetic
Parametric Object
Virtual Public Sculpture
Extrapolated Body
Synesthetic Instrument

Part Two: Exercises
Computing without a Computer
Graphic Elements
Iteration
Color
Conditional Testing
Unpredictability
Arrays
Time and Interactivity
Typography
Curves
Shapes
Geometry
Image
Visualization
Text and Language
Simulation
Machine Learning
Sound
Games

Part Three: Interviews
Teaching Programming
to Artists and Designers
The Bimodal Classroom
Encouraging a Point of View
The First Day
Favorite Assignment
When Things Go Wrong
Most Memorable Response
Advice for New Educators

Classroom Techniques

Provenance

Appendices
Authors and Contributors
Notes on Computational
Book Design
Acknowledgments

+infos(oficial): https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/code-creative-medium

Mar 262022
 

A autora Marina Umaschi Bers lançou mais um livro acerca de crianças e pelo facto delas aprenderem a escrever código, com o titulo “Beyond Coding HOW CHILDREN LEARN HUMAN VALUES THROUGH PROGRAMMING” e que tem como conteúdo:
1 Coding, Robotics, and Values 1
2 The Coding Wars 23
3 The Rise of STEM 45
4 Coding as Another Language 63
5 From Theory to Practice 87
6 Coding Character 117
7 The Palette of Virtues 137
8 Coding Bridges 183
Further Readings 203
Resources 205

do texto de apresentação surge:
“Today, schools are introducing STEM education and robotics to children in ever-lower grades. In Beyond Coding, Marina Umaschi Bers lays out a pedagogical roadmap for teaching code that encompasses the cultivation of character along with technical knowledge and skills. Presenting code as a universal language, she shows how children discover new ways of thinking, relating, and behaving through creative coding activities. Today’s children will undoubtedly have the technical knowledge to change the world. But cultivating strength of character, socioeconomic maturity, and a moral compass alongside that knowledge, says Bers, is crucial.

Bers, a leading proponent of teaching computational thinking and coding as early as preschool and kindergarten, presents examples of children and teachers using the Scratch Jr. and Kibo robotics platforms to make explicit some of the positive values implicit in the process of learning computer science. If we are to do right by our children, our approach to coding must incorporate the elements of a moral education: the use of narrative to explore identity and values, the development of logical thinking to think critically and solve technical and ethical problems, and experiences in the community to enable personal relationships. Through learning the language of programming, says Bers, it is possible for diverse cultural and religious groups to find points of connection, put assumptions and stereotypes behind them, and work together toward a common goal.”

+infos(oficial): LINK

Feb 122022
 

Minor Platforms in Videogame History de Benjamin Nicoll
Videogame history is not just a history of one successful technology replacing the next. It is also a history of platforms and communities that never quite made it; that struggled to make their voices heard; that aggravated against the conventions of the day; and that never enjoyed the commercial success or recognition of their major counterparts. In Minor Platforms in Videogame History, Benjamin Nicoll argues that ‘minor’ videogame histories are anything but insignificant. Through an analysis of transitional, decolonial, imaginary, residual, and minor videogame platforms, Nicoll highlights moments of difference and discontinuity in videogame history. From the domestication of vector graphics in the early years of videogame consoles to the ‘cloning’ of Japanese computer games in South Korea in the 1980s, this book explores case studies that challenge taken-for-granted approaches to videogames, platforms, and their histories.

+infos(oficial): LINK

Perspectives on the European Videogame, editores Víctor Navarro-Remesal, Óliver Pérez-Latorre
The history of European videogames has so far been overshadowed by the global impact of the Japanese and North American industries. However, European game development studios have played a major role in videogame history, and many prominent videogames in popular culture, such as Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Alone in the Dark, and The Witcher, were made in Europe. This book proposes an inquiry into European videogames, including both analyses of transnational aspects of European production and close readings of national specificities. It offers a kaleidoscope of European videogame culture, focusing on the analysis of European works and creators but also addressing contextual aspects and placing videogames within a wider sociocultural and philosophical ground.
The aim of this collective work is to contribute to the creation of a, until now, almost non-existent yet necessary academic endeavour: a story and critical exploration of the works, authors, styles, and cultures of the European videogame.

+infos(oficial): LINK

Jul 132021
 

Gostava de ter acesso “Handbook on Interactive Storytelling” de Jouni Smed, Tomi ‘bgt’ Suovuo, Natasha Skult, e Petter Skult.

“Electronic games are no longer considered “mere fluff” alongside the “real” forms of entertainment, like film, music, and television. Instead, many games have evolved into an art form in their own right, including carefully constructed stories and engaging narratives enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

In Handbook on Interactive Storytelling, readers will find a comprehensive discussion of the latest research covering the creation of interactive narratives that allow users to experience a dramatically compelling story that responds directly to their actions and choices.

Systematically organized, with extensive bibliographies and academic exercises included in each chapter, the book offers readers new perspectives on existing research and fresh avenues ripe for further study. In-depth case studies explore the challenges involved in crafting a narrative that comprises one of the main features of the gaming experience, regardless of the technical aspects of a game’s production.

Readers will also enjoy:

A thorough introduction to interactive storytelling, including discussions of narrative, plot, story, interaction, and a history of the phenomenon, from improvisational theory to role-playing games
A rigorous discussion of the background of storytelling, from Aristotle’s Poetics to Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey
Compelling explorations of different perspectives in the interactive storytelling space, including different platforms, designers, and interactors, as well as an explanation of storyworlds
Perfect for game designers, game developers, game and narrative researchers and academics, and undergraduate and graduate students studying storytelling, game design, gamification, and multimedia systems, Handbook on Interactive Storytelling is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the deployment of compelling narratives in an interactive context.”

+infos(oficial): https://www.wiley.com/en-pt/Handbook+on+Interactive+Storytelling-p-9781119688136

Jul 062021
 

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative Aesthetics in Video Games

Foi publicado o livro com o titulo “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative Aesthetics in Video Games“, em que:
“Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative Aesthetics in Video Games, Edited By Deniz Denizel, Deniz Eyüce Sansal and Tuna Tetik
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative Aesthetics in Video Gamesis a collection of contemporary research and interpretation that explores the narrative structures in video games and ludonarrative content design in related media. Featuring coverage of a broad range of topics, including narrative theory, game studies, history of video games, and interdisciplinary studies, this book is ideally designed for scholars, researchers, intellectuals, media professionals, game developers, entrepreneurs, and students who wish to enhance their understanding of the relationship and correlation of video games, narrativity, and aesthetics.”

do qual destaco:
“An Analysis of the Real-Time Strategy Games: The Nineties Extract, Pedro Rito
Abstract: This chapter aims to perform a scoping review related to video games of the genre Real-Time Strategy. Several video games have been associated with the strategy genre, and different titles have appeared on the market over time, some of which have a more military aspect and are usually associated with the subgenre of real-time strategy. These types of games tend to be more dynamic as opposed to turn-based because they feature time-based gameplay and choices about unit building. The difficulty of controlling all elements of the game makes them more attractive to players, with a high degree of uncertainty and complexity. Decisions are not perfect and most often are made abstractly. There has been a profusion of research work that makes use of RTS to develop AI or to build knowledge repositories with options that are made during games by players. The review that is made in this paper demonstrates the diversity of the formal elements that make up the RTS, identifies some of the initiatives that make use of RTS for research on certain topics, as well as the challenges that arise for game designers when making the choices they have to do.
Keywords: Video Games, Real-Time Strategy, Motivations, Game Design, Formal Elements, Military Aspect, Scope Review”

+infos(editora): https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/74563

+infos(amazon): LINK

Jul 062021
 

Está disponivel online, e grátis
“The goal of this book was to collect interdisciplinary syllabi of courses that implement, utilize, and/or teach the development or analyses of games.
Chapters include a catalog description, course purposes and objectives, context, pedagogy, assignments, assessment, an expanded course outline, and a set of best practices for instruction. Readers will be able to develop or
adapt their own syllabi drawing on the expertise of international leaders in gaming. The book includes courses from disciplines like education, business, computer science, media studies, health, communication, and the humanities.”

Ferdig, R.E., Baumgartner, E., & Gandolfi, E. (Eds.) (2021). Teaching the Game: A collection of syllabi for game design, development, and implementation (Vols. 1-2). Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press. ETC Press Announcement –
https://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/new-release-teaching-the-game-vols-12/

Volume 1 –
https://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/product/teaching-the-game-volume-1/

Volume 2 – https://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/product/teaching-the-game-volume-2/

Aug 102020
 

Describing Nature Through Visual Data, Connecting Art, Culture, Science, and Technology por Jing Zhou

gostava de ter acesso a este livro..

“This chapter presents the motivation, background, and implementation of “Living Mandala: The Cosmic of Being 1,” an interactive graphics installation that combines real-time data, multi-cultural mandalas, scientific imagery, and cosmological symbols. Built with an open source programming language and environment, this living contemporary symbol is an exploration into uncharted territories of the human soul sculpted by our present time. Its interactive revolving graphical system visualizes our perceptions of life (microcosm) and the universe (macrocosm); our connections to ancient mythology, cosmology, and cultural heritage; and the relationships among humankind, science, technology, and nature in a globalized society. Merging rich historical, cultural, scientific imagery and symbols with real-time data and relaxing sound, this living organism alters every moment responding to the movement, color, light, sound, and temperature of its surroundings.”

+infos(oficial): LINK

Jun 102020
 

“This encyclopedia collects and organizes theoretical and historical content on the topic of video games, covering the people, systems, technologies, and theoretical concepts as well as the games themselves.

This two-volume encyclopedia addresses the key people, companies, regions, games, systems, institutions, technologies, and theoretical concepts in the world of video games, serving as a unique resource for students. The work comprises over 300 entries from 97 contributors, including Ralph Baer and Nolan Bushnell, founders of the video game industry and some of its earliest games and systems. Contributing authors also include founders of institutions, academics with doctoral degrees in relevant fields, and experts in the field of video games.

Organized alphabetically by topic and cross-referenced across subject areas, Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming will serve the needs of students and other researchers as well as provide fascinating information for game enthusiasts and general readers.”

Esta seria uma enciclopédia que não me importava nada de ler.

+infos(oficial): LINK

+infos(preview): LINK

May 262020
 

Learning Java with Games de Xu, Chong-wei, 2018

“This innovative approach to teaching Java language and programming uses game design development as the method to applying concepts.

Instead of teaching game design using Java, projects are designed to teach Java in a problem-solving approach that is both a fun and effective. Learning Java with Games introduces the concepts of Java and coding; then uses a project to emphasize those ideas. It does not treat the object-oriented and procedure and loop parts of Java as two separate entities to be covered separately, but interweaves the two concepts so the students get a better picture of what Java is.

After studying a rich set of projects, the book turns to build up a “Three-layer Structure for Games” as an architecture template and a guiding line for designing and developing video games. The proposed three-layer architecture not only merges essential Java object-oriented features but also addresses loosely coupled software architecture. ”

+infos(oficial): https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319728858

Java in Two Semesters Featuring JavaFX de Quentin CharatanAaron Kans, 2018

“This easy-to-follow textbook teaches Java programming from first principles, as well as covering design and testing methodologies. The text is divided into two parts. Each part supports a one-semester module, the first part addressing fundamental programming concepts, and the second part building on this foundation, teaching the skills required to develop more advanced applications.

This fully updated and greatly enhanced fourth edition covers the key developments introduced in Java 8, including material on JavaFX, lambda expressions and the Stream API.”

+infos(oficial): https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-99420-8