Since posting my initial pitch blog and video, I received some helpful and insightful feedback on my “Gaming in Education” blog series concept. After reviewing this feedback and applying it when writing my first blog of the series, I think I’m beginning to get a better idea of what a game media analysis really is.
Overall, I received quite positive comments from my fellow classmates on my pitch video regarding the topic idea and my overall presentation of the video. It was suggested that my topic was slightly broad so I did take on board that feedback and have decide to solely focus on Minecraft for my analysis.
An aspect which I noticed which was a common suggestion was that I use Reddit to find my audience. Only this year I have come around to making a reddit account for the first time. So before I could even try posting anywhere I did have to figure out how to use Reddit and in the process I had to try and gain a bit of karma to actually allow me to make post in Reddit forums. Personally, I did find this a little challenging, however I’m very aware this is a platform I will have to be utilising working in media so I am still eager to learn how to use it a little better.
I made a post to a blog group asking for some feedback and help on finding an audience for my proposed series however I am still yet to actually receive a reply. I definitely need to expand and try posting to multiple groups and will be posting to some of the groups which were initially suggested to me by my peer commenters as I continue to create blogs for the series.
After learning and understanding a bit more about what this digital artefact project was asking me to do, I realised that in my original pitch I could have elaborated on or included more about my analytical approach to the task. I’ve attempted to begin a more analytical approach when creating my first piece of blog content whilst creating the first blog. As I am a communications and media student, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities that cross over through analysing active game participants and to the active media audience theories that I learnt in my first year studying the course. In my first blog I wanted to use this as a starting point to begin as not only did it help me understand how we as media audiences create meaning (post-structuralism) but I thought it would also help my own audience.
And for further explanation and summary video my Digital Artefact Beta video below: