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Development Blog – Week 14

This week saw the team continue to gear up for the end of the semester by making more improvements, responding to Soft Opening feedback, and checking off items on our polish lists. Last week, a new gradient texture was implemented and tested in Chapter 2. While definitely a step in…

Post Mortem

Interactive Academy, in partnership with the minds behind Inanimate Alice, is setting out to explore how education can be delivered on the digital frontier. How can a textbook be fun, engaging, and interactive while still providing the knowledge necessary for students to learn and grow? To this end, Interactive Academy…

Development Blog – Week 13

Week 13 saw the team finally being able to playtest Chapter 2 and get more into the details of the project while gearing for the end of the semester. Chapter 2 was finalized this week, with all of the game logic, chat systems, and dialogue text added in. It was…

Development Blog – Week 11

Week 11 saw immense progress in Chapter 2’s development. On the programming side, the logic for the Texture Editor is 99% completed! This was a large undertaking and given the fact that it is our nexus for bridging art and tech on the interactive side of this experience means there…

Development Blog – Week 10

This week, the Interactive Academy team dove deeper into Chapter 2 development while analyzing the data from the recent Chapter 1 playtest. Chapter 2 With the designers working together to optimize the Texture Editor mechanic and UI, the programmers continued to divide and conquer on the core functionality of Chapter…

Development Blog – Week 9

Week 9 not only saw headway on Chapter 2, but more polish occurred for Chapter 1 in time for a playtest coming up. Chapter 1 Chapter 1 saw a plethora of adjustments in both bug fixes, quality of life tweaks, and overall polish. A prime example of this was the…

Development Blog – Week 8

Week 8 started off with a very successful half-semester presentation and only continued to get better from there! All the functionality for Chapter 1 is in! Now that it’s all built, it will be a matter of refining and playtesting which there is plenty of to do. However, it’s great…

Development Blog – Week 7

While Week 7 saw the team getting ready for the upcoming Half Semester Presentation, Chapter 0 saw some refinements and Chapter 1 saw continued progress. In response to playtest feedback from last week, Chapter 0 received some care to address some of these concerns. Refinements such as a “next” button…

Development Blog – Week 6

Week 6 saw quality of life developments, brainstorming for the future, and finally getting our project in front of our target demographic. Below is a video of our current build. From here, we will break down the additions, changes, and thoughts thereof: Chapter 0 / Overworld Map To start, it…

Development Blog – Week 5

Week 5 brought huge steps forward for the team and project as a whole. Concepts that were merely just that became solid and crystalized for further analysis. On the programming side, going from out introductory “chapter 0” deeper into the meat of the experience is taking shape. The team was…

Development Blog – Week 4

This week saw a lot of uncertainty, but progress was still able to occur. A wireframe was drafted up for “Chapter 1”, showcasing how object interactions will flow together as well as how some narrative moments will tie in. This wireframe also created an easy-to-read structure for the programming side…

Development Blog – Week 3

Week 3 saw a lot of concepts and thoughts finally become crystalized! The team looked at our Metrics Matrix in order to prioritize certain aspects of the project and came to various conclusions on what matters to us. While some of the top metrics are fairly obvious (we want to…

Development Blog – Week 2

The second week of saw the Interactive Academy hitting the digital books. We were given a plethora of resources including state frameworks for digital literacy and reading comprehension as well as a sample curriculum that follows the “RICS” approach Valerie and Amanda are spearheading. We took a liking to RICS…

Development Blog – Week 1

While our official Week 1 ended on 9/4, the team actually got started the previous week by meeting with one of our clients. Ian Harper, Content Contributor at The Inanimate Alice Research Group, met with us via Zoom to discuss what he is potentially looking for in the project. In…