Demo: Monday, May 9th at 11:15 am
Due: Not Turned In
During the last week of class, we will have game postmortems. These will be similar
to the final release presentation in the introductory course, but without the actual
game. You have already shown off your game in the
previous week, and we do not need to see it again before
The postmortems will consist of a 5-10 minute slide presentation followed by a class
discussion. In the dicussions we will talk about how "things could have been done
differently." We expect all students to be involved in this discussion, not the
Your presentation should be a list of "what went right" and and "what went wrong".
More specifically, you should identify the following:
What you wanted to do at the very beginning.
What you were actually able to achieve and how it differed.
What prevented you from achieving those goals.
What you would have done differently if you could do it again.
To give you some idea of the types of questions you should be answering, here
are some postmortems for a couple of commercial games. These are clearly essay
format, which is not what we want. We just want slides from you with the
high-level bullet points. In other words, your slides should look like the
bolded parts of these essays and you should talk about the non-bolded
This is a very recent postmortem for the relaunch of the classic RPG Baldur's Gate
(published in 2000) on tablets and modern OS's. The sequel to this game (which is in development
for tablets by the same team) is considered by many people to be one of the greatest western
RPGs ever made.
This independent game was the 2005 winner for Technical Excellence at the Independent Games Festival.
It is simple and straight-forward.
Oasis was the winner of the IGF's 2004 Game of the Year and Innovation in Game Design awards in the
web/downloadable category. It has also been used as a case study in past semesters of CIS 3000.
Unlike the game presentations, this presentation will take place over two days: the Monday
and Wednesday lecture. We do not have a Friday class (or Discussion) this week, so we
have to fit everyone in. So that you are prepared, the presentation schedule is as follows:
Monday (May 9)
Sounds Gouda (Squeak & Swipe)
Flame-ingos (G. M. P.)
PuppyCloud (Project Mainframe)
Spectrum Studios (Inari)
Wednesday (May 11)
Irrelevant Turtle Presidents (Dragon's Breath)
salt & paprika (Para)
There is nothing to turn in for this presentation, and it is not graded (despite being
called an assignment). It is simply an activity for the last week of class.