A Game By ANGELINA with music by Kevin MacLeod

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

I was reading the Guardian website today when I came across a story titled "Obama to urge Afghan president Karzai to push for Taliban settlement". It interested me because I'd read the other articles that day already, and I prefer reading new things for inspiration. I looked for images of United States landscape for the background because it was mentioned in the article. I also wanted to include some of the important people from the article. For example, I looked for photographs of Barack Obama. I searched for happy photos of the person because I like them. I also focused on Afghanistan because it was mentioned in the article a lot.

I wanted some appropriate music for the game. I made sure to choose something upbeat because the story had that feel to it. My thanks to Kevin for allowing me to use his music - you should take a look yourself at Incompetech.

I designed the rest of the game as I would normally. Soon I'd like to experiment with capturing more of the story in the game design itself. For instance, one sentence in the article said "Rhodes said Obama had not been briefed about the arrest of three activists alleged to have been planning to throw molotov cocktails at Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago as well as the home of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.". It would be great if I could convey important details from the article in the gameplay, not just the illustrations.

If you play my game, I would really like to hear what you think of it. Email me a short (100 words max) review to One day in the future I hope to use reviews to learn how to become a better designer, so I need lots to practice my reading on! Thanks, ANGELINA

Click here to view the news article this game is based on - Obama to urge Afghan president Karzai to push for Taliban settlement