Living Through COVID-19 is a story detailing my own experience with this pandemic. As an Asian American student on Davidson’s campus, this project gives a unique perspective to players. Click through to see how my identities impacted my experiences with COVID-19!
The Prince and the Olive is a modern take on the combination of two stories; the famous tale of The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen and the Greek mythological story of Danae. You adopt the persona of the protagonist as you begin your journey towards the Kingdom of Argos to see if you are an eligible fit to take the princess’s hand in marriage.
Life in the Coronavirus Pandemic tells the story of what life is like during a pandemic from the point of view of a Davidson student and explains how the world has reacted to the pandemic.
A World Which Has No Need for Us is an adaptation of The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen. Sing songs taken from other fairy tales, befriend a cat, and navigate a city hostile to you. There are three death endings, two normal endings (with variations on them both), and one true ending.
As I read my posts from the semester, I was pleased to see how much I’ve learned. As we learned different terms and themes in class, I tried my best to apply that to my blog posts. Most of all, this class taught me to look at literature in a different lens and introduced me to a new genre.
Most of my posts related the day’s reading back to our CYOA project. For example, in my second post I argued that CYOA books were complex interactive fiction. I explained the similarities I saw between the CYOA books and the characteristics of interactive fiction. In my third post, I compared digital poetics to CYOA books and the various limitations that each genre had. Lastly, in my fourth post, I compared the quick decisions made in Bury Me My Love to the decisions made in CYOA books. Mapping my CYOA book at the beginning of the semester really helped me understand the significance of structure in storytelling and was a great basis to keep referring to throughout the semester. Not only that, understanding CYOA books was a great introduction to the rest of the course’s themes.
I also noticed how I always tried to incorporate my own experience with the work in my blog post. After learning about interactivity and the affordances of it within electronic literature, I was hyperaware of the various ways I was engaging with the work. By explaining my own experience with the works, I was able to point out details that I thought were integral to the game. This is seen in my fourth post about Her Story and how my experience playing this game informed the players role.
As I compare my last blog post to my first blog post, it is clear how I’ve applied the themes of our course as the semester has progressed. My first post was a simple summary of the day’s assigned works whereas my last post was a combination of topics, themes and vocabulary from class.
A Story of COVID-19 tells my personal experience living through the current pandemic. Sprinkled with sarcasm and Davidson references, this story provides an entertaining look at what happened to the Davidson students still on campus. Click each link to let the story unfold.
How would you respond to a talking bear appearing at your door? In this game, players engage with sisters Snow White and Rose Red as they encounter just this. Though the story includes both the name Snow White and a dwarf, what comes next is not what you’re expecting…
This project is an adaptation of the fairy tale Briar Rose, except this project follows the fairy who places the curse and it takes place in a more modern time. The story follows the events leading up to the curse and the reasoning behind the curse and then touches on what happens the years after the curse. The project follows a rhyming scheme in an attempt to make the story feel like a bedtime story.
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In this game, you take on the role of Hansel. You and your sister find yourselves tied up in a witch’s house. This witch feeds on children! You have to find a way to escape!
“The Twelve Dancing Princesses (and that Other Guy)” is my satirical take on a classic fairy tale. I wanted to interrogate the problematic themes and tendencies that often go unaddressed in the tales themselves. What would a fairytale be without the flowery language intent on masking rather sinister undercurrents? Would the story be different if the ‘hero’ were a perfectly average guy? This modern take hopes to provide social commentary concerning these questions and the original’s general narrative. Onward!