Console games are made for entertainment. These games are forms of interactive multimedia that are hosted on various consoles. I would say the most popular type of console, as of late, are the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. One example of a console game based on a cross media franchise is The Chronicles of Narnia. There are three movies in this film series (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and all three films have a video game component.
Mobile app games are played on mobile devices such as a smartphone or Nintendo 3DS. One example of a mobile game based on a television show is “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” a game that we played this month in GTS.
Browser games are run on a computer with the use of the Internet and an Internet browser. Once connected to the Internet on a computer a browser is used to display the game. A transmedia campaign was created pairing music and games. It is called SoundPlay on this browser game there are four games based of the lyrics of songs. The song game with the most likes gets the creators one thousand dollars.
A collectable card game is a game where players use a set of cards that is specifically designed for the particular game. Players duel using the cards and also may trade to acquire cards to add to their collections. Pokemon trading cards is an example of how collectable cards can be used as an extension of a series.
Board games are exactly what the name states. A board is used to place each players pieces. The board is set in between players and each one takes a turn according to a set of rules. Game of Thrones is an example that incorporated a board game into their campaign. You play as characters from the series and try to take control of the kingdom.
Role-playing games (RPGs) is described as being a game where players take on roles as imaginary characters. These characters go on adventures and are under the control of a Grand Master who oversees the game. Star Wars is often recreated using RPG. “Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG” is a game that players can create their own adventures in the galaxy using a detailed set of rules and an adventure book.
Live actions role playing (LARPing) this is a form of RPG where player dress up and actually act out the adventures live. Game of Thrones is a television show that is often reenacted through LARPing. It is not necessarily a part of a campaign. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) actually joined in on a game of LARPing video footage is on an online forum.
Cosplay is an abbreviation for costume roleplay. Those who are involved dress up as their favorite fictional character. These characters are typically from comics, movies, video games, anime, manga, or television. Cosplay is a way for fans to create their own transmedia extension of their favorite character. They interact with other characters and ultimately create their own universe as the character at fan conventions.
Cons or fan convention is gathering where fans of a whole genre or a particular fictional story gather to hold programs and events surrounding the particular genre/story. Continuum a Canadian science fiction series used live events at fan conventions as a part of their transmedia campaign along with a graphic novel and an ARG.
This week I have been working on continuing to add to the elements that I created last week, updating the blog and website. I am in the process of creating the media for this week’s launch of the Transmedia Short Story. I have created another blog for the mother in my story, working on two flyers for advertisement of my story, and a comic to complete the project.