Week 10: Gaming Demos

And now, for something a little different…

Along with the fun activities that we will have lined up for you to try this week, we’re also offering two very special drop-in sessions / presentations (both will be held in the Wong e-Classroom in Mills):

  • Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Friday, April 20, 2 – 3 pm

During these sessions, we will be demonstrating some rather exciting games and virtual environments that you might not normally get a chance to try!

Some of these cost money while others involve software downloads or are a bit too graphics intensive for some people’s machines, so we’d like to give you a chance to get a glimpse at a small sample of the possibilities.

Being showcased at these sessions are:

  • Second Life (Friday only) – You’ve been hearing a lot about this one lately. Come out and give it a whirl or check out the demo if you haven’t been able to get to one of the previous brown bag lunches!
  • IMVU (Tuesday only) – Can’t run Second Life on your machine because it’s not quite powerful enough? Why not give this graphical instant messenger a whirl?
  • MUSH (text) games – Multi-User Shared Hallucination. There’s a mouthful for you! Welcome to the wonderful world of interactive storytelling / roleplaying in text form. Imagination is your only limit!
  • World of Warcraft – You’ve heard of this one if you read Jeff’s blog; well now you get to see what it’s all about! Orcs, dwarves and elves battle for dominance in this fantasy realm.
  • Dance Dance Revolution – Love to move to the rhythm? Great! Can’t dance? That’s okay! DDR shows you how it’s done. Just hop on the dance mat, watch the screen and let the music move you!

You will have the opportunity to give DDR at try at both sessions* and Second Life is available on a few computers in the Wong, so you can try that too!

We hope to see you these!

*Please note: If you plan on trying out DDR please be aware that you will be REQUIRED to remove your shoes. Socks and nylons are fine. Bare feet at your own risk. Shoes may damage the mat. Please also note that this is a PHYSICAL activity-based game and it is up to participants to decide whether or not this is a safe activity for them based on their own health and physical state. A brief note about safety and potentially a fun little motivational video will be given/shown before DDR will be made available to staff to try.

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