I am undecided on what to do for my midterm. I am a computer science major and would really like to create a text adventure program similar to Zork, but my schedule seems too busy to try and make an entire game. I am taking 18 credits right now, and 2 of the courses have the writing option as well as several out of the classroom activities. I was thinking that maybe I should try to start making a game, but if I was biting off more than I could chew, just write a paper instead, but keep working on the game when I have time and use it as a possible final project.
If I decide that I can’t create a game in time, my second idea is to write about the affects of how new technology has changed narrative. Originally I was just going to write about how new technology changed gaming narrative, but I think it would be better if I included more forms such as TV, film, and music technologies. It will compare narratives from old games, movies, and TV shows with that of new ones that seem to rely more on technology and visual effects than the actual narrative storyline itself. With the newer technologies the narratives were able to change because the technology gave us the ability to portray events in a different manner than before.
If anyone has suggestions as to what they think I should do I am open to suggestions. Also if anyone else in the class knows anything about programming and would like to work together to create a game that may be something to think about too.