CS/INFO 3152: Introduction to Computer Game Development

Communication Lab 3
Team Tech Talks

Due: Not Turned In

Your nondigital prototype will be due during one of the next two class periods. Hopefully, you have already started work on it. But if you have not started it yet, you should definitely take advantage of this lab.

The nondigital prototype is one of the first official presentations in this class. As Traci will explain in class, there is a certain level of professionalism that we expect from you. This includes rules about how you introduce yourself, and how each member of the team contributes to the presentation. Traci will spend the first part of the lab talking about this, helping you prepare for your presentation.


Technical Presentations

In the first part of the lab, Traci will talk to you about the proper way to make a presentation in this class. In the past, we have had groups where only one team member did the talking all semester long. Or groups where the team members slouched and mumbled during presentations. Neither of these is acceptable.

At the very least, we expect everyone in the group to introduce themselves at each presentation. While some team members may not speak as much as others, we expect everyone to participate in the presentation. This means that presentations have to be rehearsed ahead of time.

The correct way to break up a presentation often depends on the nature of the presentation itself. This is one of the things that Traci will talk to you about.


Nondigital Prototype

The remainder of the class should be spent working on your nondigital prototype. We want you to take the nondigital prototype very seriously. We find that students often struggle with this assignment the most, as it can be hard to discretize your game before you have even finished making it. That is why you should take this time to come up with some ideas and bounce them off the course staff while they are here.

There is nothing else to do for this lab -- just brainstorm. See the instructions if you need more guidance about what to do. In the next lab we may ask you to reanalyze your nondigital prototype and determine how effective it was.


Submission

There is nothing to turn in for this communication lab. Instead, you will be graded on your nondigital prototype later this week.