This week, I began to design my game.

I hope to use the game mechanics to convey the interaction between users and social media platforms. And social media is about contacting friends, posting, liking and commenting others. Therefore, I design the main mechanics to take photos in the scene, and…

This week, I analyzed the results of my primary research. I mainly used two research methods: interview with stakeholders and survey with social media users age 18–25.

Here are some takeaways from the interviews.

Young Users of social media:

  1. Wechat include many functions that they need for the daily life…

I found several excellent games as examples that could convey concepts and ideas through storytelling and game mechanics.

Celeste

This is my favorite game recently. The player would control the character as a girl, Madeline, who has depressive disorder to climb the snow mountain. In the process of climbing the…

Last week, we learned some interesting and useful research methods including quantitative research and qualitative research. And using the template on class, I chose three methods to continue my primary research. Since I decided to make a video game, so I would mainly do qualitative research to get some inspiration…

Through excercises on the class, I became more clear about my thesis topic. First, the main four stakeholders that involve in the negative feelings caused by social media are young users, their parents, government who wish to publish laws or rules to protect young people, and social media companies. Thus…

Last week, we had our second presentation, to talk about how secondary research by reading articles reshaped our research statement. Generally, my topic about negative effects of social media remain the same. But some interesting findings about categories of causes and specific feelings enriched and refined my research questions. And…

I found the Guided Reading Plan an effective way for me to organize and plan my secondary research, and the instruction and suggestions from NYU library of how to use Subject-specific searching helped me to find more articles than simply seaching keywords I have. Therefore, I have already find some…

Dazhen Yang

IDM student

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