Performing design analysis: Game design creativity and the theatre of the impressed
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We report and reflect upon the early stages of a research project that endeavours to establish a culture of critical design thinking in a tertiary game design course. We first discuss the current state of the Australian game industry and consider some perceived issues in game design courses and graduate outcomes. The second section presents our response to these issues: a project in progress which uses techniques originally exploited by Augusto Boal in his work, Theatre of the Oppressed. We appropriate Boal's method to promote critical design thinking in a games design class. Finally, we reflect on the project and the ontology of design thinking from the perspective of Bruce Archer's call to reframe design as a 'third academic art'.
Proceedings of The 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System (IE '12)
Computer Gaming and Animation