Communication Lab 14
Free Work Day
Due: Not Turned In
As with a previous communication lab, this lab
will focus on improving your documents for
Final Document Portfolio.
Once again, there is no formal activity for this lab. You can also work on improving your
game. The main purpose of lab this week is to give you time to talk to the instructor
and the TAs. This is your time; use it wisely.
With only one more week to go in class, we are starting the PR push for Showcase. That
means talking to the various local press to make sure that we have good attendance. And
when we talk to the press they always love to have things to show off. That means
screenshots and video trailers.
Screenshots are pretty straight-forward. If you art is close to being finished, you
could probably create some really good screenshots now. The key challenge with screenshots
is to capture something interesting. Think about the core mechanics to your game. Can
you make a screenshot that will make that mechanic obvious to anyone who has never read
anything about your game? If so, then you should do that.
Video trailers have always been optional. We mainly like trailers as they are something
to show to people who are deciding whether or not to come to Showcase. For the past two
years, we have had over 15 groups make trailers. Not all of them were made this
early. Some were made two days before Showcase. But we get a lot of trailers.
The main advantage of the trailers is that we will be showing them on the projectors during
Showcase. We do not let games show off on the projectors, as we have found that this is
way too unfair for audience voting (a game that can be seen on a projector always gets a lot
more votes). Instead, we use the projectors to show off the trailers in a loop.
Trailers do not have to be fancy. They can just be a video capture of your playing. Or
they can be a bit more involved. Here are a few examples from the last two years.
The children's game B33p won Most Innovative Gameplay in the 2013 Showcase. Their
trailer is very simple. It is a video capture with no sound. If you do nothing else,
this is still a very effective way to advertise your game.
By this point, you are probably tired of us talking about Dash. But they have an
amazing trailer. They have some custom music (taken from the game) super-imposed with
a video of someone playing. The video cuts between levels, giving you a very good idea
of the game. This is a gold standard of trailers in this course.
And now for something a little different. Black Friday was the Audience Favorite
in the 2014 Showcase. They won because of their irreverent humor. You can see that in
their trailer, which combines live action acting with video from their game.
Whatever you decide to do with your trailer, please follow two important rules:
- The video should be in the MP4 format
- The video should not contain any unlicensed music
These will allow us to post your trailer on the GDIAC website without Cornell's legal
office getting mad at us.
There is nothing to turn in for this communication lab; this is just a day to do work.
However, if you do create a game trailer we would like a copy of that. Please send
game trailers to your instructor via Cornell Dropbox.
You have to send them this way, because campus e-mail cannot handle mailing large video files.
There is no deadline for a trailer, as long as we receive it the day before
Showcase. However, trailers that
are submitted early get shown to the press.