Facade was one of my first experience with an interactive literature piece. Being the player, using your own name and gender, you’re visiting a old friend of yours that’s suppose to be a “nice get-together” that quickly turns awkward. Basically you’re suppose to respond to your friend Grace and her husband while not pissing them off, but by actually helping their marriage out (in a strange way). If they kick you out, you initially ‘lose the game’. I had to play twice before actually ‘winning’ the game. It was definitely awkwardly funny.
This electronic piece was one of my favorites. I actually swore I did a blog on it, because it reminded me so much of one of my favorite video games, “The Sims“. The fact that this piece was indeed a ‘game‘ made it that more interesting to ‘play.‘ I did find it more of a game rather than a literature piece because of the constant interaction and ending with a initial goal.
The best part of this game is the reality of it. There are times when you go to your families house and there’s an awkward situation going on and you’re sitting there all weird “LORD, MAKE IT STOP!”
If you haven’t, i’m sure you felt the awkwardness during this game. I enjoyed it. And even showed it to my brother to give him a little idea of what “Electronic Literature”. He enjoyed it just as much as I did, oh and lost the first time coming around too. Overall, one of my favorite pieces. Definitely a game over a literature though. (In my opinion)
This piece was soothing and one of my favorite hypertext poems. At first I wasn’t sure on the language but after learning it was Arabic I was intrigued. The background automatically made me feel relaxed, and calm on a ‘clear night’. The narrators voice was very soothing as well and went along well with the music in the background.
The vocabulary used within the literature also brought comfort and a sense of relaxation as I was reading along the way. Most of the poems are familiar in a way and sort of falling in love. The quality of most of the narrative is very romantic and shows a lot of personality within the writer and their (lover). “My water likes to dance,” the amount of metaphors and personification that these poems contained gives the piece a more meaningful meaning. It allows the reader to explore their imagination on a different level as well.
I was having a hard time deciding which Electronic Literature piece would be perfect for me. This class in general was a challenge but I wanted to make sure I chose something that I can not only relate too but others can as well.
Separation / Séparation by Anne Abrahams is an interactive piece that has exercises within the poetry. The reason I felt as though that myself and everyone of my classmates can relate to it because everyone in class has a laptop. I use my laptop for notes and lectures in every single one of my classes. The text was written under the effects of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which can be a result of sitting in front of a computer screen for a significant amount of time. The exercises are within the poem and as you continue to click through you’re interrupted by an exercise that can prevent RSI. I found myself enjoying these exercises more than I thought. The best part about this piece is that if you click too fast, the literature interrupts you AGAIN and let’s you know that the way you are clicking shows that “You don’t have the right attitude in front of your computer.”
This “warning” kinds of gives you a different attitude as you continue to click through the poem. Gives you a moment to appreciate every…single….word. Each exercising was liberating and I definitely felt the separation between me and my computer screen.
I hope you guys enjoyed this piece as much as I did, and I got a nice good stretch cause I certainly did.
UPDATE ON MY OWN
ELECTRONIC LITERATURE PIECE
I’m sorta of getting the hang of my literature piece, I already started with the “Slides” App I just hope it all falls into place with how I originally wanted to end it. However, as I’m going along with with my story it may be a little harder than I thought on how to tie everything together to make it into a mystery. Worst comes to worst I will forget the ‘mystery’ part and leave it a story. Either way I think everything is coming along well 🙂
The title, the imagery, the way you’re able to control how fast or slow the words and images past through truly made me feel as though I was cruising. Right away I hear a soft calm female voice telling a story.
Cruising is an exciting literature piece of a teenager’s favorite memory in her small hometown in Wisconsin, as she’s racing up and down the main drag of Main Street, as the readers are doing, she’s looking to make connections, wanting love. “Requiring the user to learn how to “drive” the text,” was a great way to describe the piece and how the readers will be interacting with the literature.
At first I had a hard time getting the words and images to go the pace I needed it too in order for me to read the words correctly. When I finally got it to cruise at the right pace it became more evident the whole idea of this literature.
Considering the author being a teenager I definitely connected with her in my past years when it came to exploring and having an imaginative and creative mindset. You can tell within the piece and the vocabulary she uses that she’s definitely in her own little world.
MY ELECTRONIC LITERATURE UPDATE
I still have the same idea for my piece. And though I been looking through different tools in order to achieve my final literature piece I’m not 100% certain about which tool will be most suitable for my final idea.
Right away I was intrigued wondering how am I going to get through this. Never been the biggest fan of comics or video games that wasn’t the Sims so I was hoping I would be good enough to finish it. As I’m writing this blog out I’m letting the music of the game play out in the back so I can sort of picture it as I’m writing.
Right away my character I’m like what is that? I liked how it didn’t look like a typical person but more like blocks of objects, just different forms of it i guess. Anyway, I loved the paneling of every block, it definitely gave me comic book vibes so that’s the first thing I noticed especially with the different shades of one main color.
It’s funny cause at first I didn’t catch on right away to a lot of things. First, that Icarus was sleeping, THEN that I actually had to find these things that was in the “Icarus Needs” section. I’m running back and forth thinking that’ll make my character wake up LOL (silly i know, don’t judge). I was confused with some of the phrases he was saying, because of course , they didn’t make sense. I was sort of frustrated so I started over. Decided to kind of relax, take my time and play it as if it’s an actual game and not ‘homework.’ Then it started flowing. I understood what to do, where to go, how to maneuver throughout the house or outside area, etc. And came to the realization that all the confusing phrases were like actual thoughts that occur while dreaming (making little to no sense at all).
The orange outside area of the dream, “Do you often dream of flying?” was my favorite section of this entire game. The ending is what really got me with the whole ‘jumping’ thing cause I knew automatically game was over and he was about to wake up ’cause I’m sure we’ve all experienced the point where we’re about to do something drastic in our dream then all of a sudden the alarm goes off. They’ve definitely should’ve added an alarm at the end, now that I think of it.
Though I haven’t 100% figured out how i’m going to complete my final e-lit piece, i do want it to involve one of my favorite creative writing piece. Poetry is one of my favorite form of expressions and I wanted to make it part of this e-lit piece by telling a story through photos. One of my past creative classes we had to write a poem about a picture he presented to us. I had this urge to write a story, a murder to be exact. One of my favorite shows is ‘Snapped’ and I instantly based my poem off that show because I felt as though it fit best with the picture (not exactly sure why). Any who, I’m basing my poem around this house while also basing my e-lit piece around having the audience solve the ‘mystery’ or figure out the story on their own.
Wow. Brainstrips definitely “stripped” my brain. Felt as though a lot was going on without the first section and i couldn’t really grasp the story at first without reading it again and again so that wasn’t my favorite section. The sound was so incredibly distracting that I wasn’t able to focus directly on the story. It definitely tests your mind in a way however, and try to make you to focus and make it more fun. Never been a fan of comic books or anime and things of that nature so I had a difficult time staying in order. Before even opening the questions being asked and I was automatically intrigued because these are valid questions in a sense.
The next part “Brain” was my favorite section because it talked about situations dear to my heart such as global warming, and animals and the entire idea of evolution. That section certainly WOW’d me in the sense when it stated… how apes are kept in a cage the size of an office and how those cages existed before offices. I mean we are very similar, the way they explained how apes draw, write, take anti-depressants from being in a small area. So similar to humans, it makes you go hmmm..
the informative part was also something that intrigue me because though these are simple facts some of it definitely surprises you about how we live and everything around us. Oh then you find out your an idiot after taking the idiot test 😦