Saturday, March 26, 2022

AMR AR Game Jam!

This week, the students of my course FILM 1123: Writing for Games and Interactive Media in York's Department of Cinema and Media Arts held a game jam to explore the concept of procedural rhetoric by brainstorming augmented reality (AR) games that could spread the word about the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The event was kicked off by special guest Dr. Steven J. Hoffman, Director of the Global Strategy Lab, Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and Scientific Director at the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health. Huge thanks to Steven for joining us! 

One of the students in the course, Man Yiu Kingsley Wong, is also a talented photographer, and took the initiative to document the afternoon, which was particularly poignant as it was the only day of the whole term in which we gathered on campus in person.

Three-quarters of the class met outside York's Centre for Film and Theatre, right across the street from the Global Strategy Lab in the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research...

...while intrepid teaching assistants Lokchi Lam and Kurt Walker made sure the other quarter of us could participate via Zoom... 

...until the laptop battery ran down in the cold and the livestreaming had to switch to a phone.

But the participants' presentations had more than enough spark to jump the gap!

We tried to keep the online audience in the loop...

...though the in-person audience probably got the better end of the deal...

...and I learned that you can't speak coherently while listening to yourself on a Zoom time delay (with the result that my AirPod spent more time between my fingers than in my ear).

And speaking of ears, at the end of the day, the "1123" class logo was transmuted into some fabulous commemorative jewellery.

Special thanks to Kingsley for the photos, and to the whole FILM 1123 team for making the game jam a rollicking success!