Week 13:
Final Setup!

Monday 23rd May 2022

WEEK 13  -

TO DO: FINAL SETUP TEST BEFORE HAND-IN!

 

PURPOSE FOR TESTING

Today is an emotional day! We are working on the last few touches to Getaway, and focusing on everything we need to do for hand-in. This morning, we were made aware that our walls are currently being built and setup in the Rotunda! We have taken a visit to the Rotunda, spoken with Andy Brook regarding the walls and discussed next steps. The purpose for our last testing session today before hand-in is to project with the new projectors in the space we are holding our degree show!!!

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?

We have organise to pick up the new projectors from WSA Media Stores at 11:00am, and then plan to take them to the rotunda where we will test our draft setup in one of the free spaces. We will then be projecting the two final scenes of Getaway into the area and adjusting projector settings to ensure this is perfect for our degree shows!

GOALS FOR THE DAY

  1. Collect new projectors from WSA Media Stores

  2. Take projectors, webcams and other equipment to the Rotunda!

  3. Capture clips/images of setup

  4. Speak with Andy Brook!

  5. Document findings

THE NEW SETUP!

THE NEW PROJECTORS! 'SHORT THROW OPTOMA W330UST' PROJECTORS

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WHAT DID WE DO?

Today we visited the WSA Media Stores to borrow the new projectors! We are so beyond grateful they ordered in these new projectors for us to use, which certainly performed much better than the previous! We set our space up in the usual manner, with make-shift walls, in the Rotunda.

FINDINGS

We found that the setup of these new projectors was much easier and much more intuitive. We had one remote between the two, and adjusted the settings as we needed to. To begin, we had to adjust the 'Keystone' and 'Aspect Ratio', as projection scale was different on both screens. We used the 'Menu > Image Settings' options to do this. We also placed the projectors '1 phone' size away from the panels, to fit perfectly. The projectors themselves were also much lighter and more compact. Lastly, we were able to change the focus, using the rotating wheel on the bottom of the projector.

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NOTES FOR SET-UP

  • Adjust Keystone and Aspect Ratio by using the remote > menu > image settings.

  • Geometric settings - adjust keystone more precisely.

  • Adjust four corners of projection and to aspect ratio.

  • Adjust focus using rotating wheel underneath projector

  • Place projector around 15 cm away from the wall/panel

  • Will need extension leads nearby

  • Will need extension cables for webcams, laptops and power.

GALLERY

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NOTES

  • Draft panels positioned in the rotunda

  • No problem with lighting, projector projects light enough to achieve a good quality image

  • Quality is great

  • Projection lines up perfectly

  • Can be moved around in the Rotunda wherever we want it to - ideally on the left or right side of the door.

Both scenes in position:

REFLECTION

This video demonstrates the draft setup in the Rotunda. The music is currently playing from one server, also playing from the projectors themselves, so this is something we could consider rather than using speakers if this is a problem. The quality of the projection is great and the setup looks much cleaner before, as the projectors are less bulky and a nicer colour! We are happy with the result of this setup and the outcome of the new projectors, all that's really left to sort out are the embedding of the webcams, which we plan to do once we have the final walls!

VLOG!

EXPERIENCE IN ACTION!

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EVALUATION - THE SETUP

WHAT WENT WELL?

The setup was fairly easy and we are extremely happy with the new projectors! The display was great quality and really easy to adjust. We have taken the notes needed successfully setup the space again at our degree shows! We were initially worried about the lighting in the Rotunda, but we found that this wasn't an issue due to the brightness of the new projectors, so this was perfect! We managed to achieve a successful setup, minus the webcams.

WHAT DIDN'T GO WELL? / HOW TO OVERCOME THESE ISSUES?

During a quick playtest with Phil, we had to leave the laptops lying on the floor to position the webcams in the correct way. This is not ideal and is quite dangerous! This can cause accidents, so we want to make sure we get the webcams embedded into the walls perfectly. At one point, Kiera held the webcam up to around Phils eye level, which performed nicely. We know to take this feedback on board for after hand-in, which is when we will work to get the final setup curated! Exciting times ahead. This was the only problem we faced today, and overall we are very pleased.

EVALUATION - PLAYER EXPERIENCE

ENGAGEMENT

Our main focus was visual and sound design, which we feel we have achieved as expected. We initially wanted to project a fully hand-drawn environment, which we have done, as well as add animated elements to bring the environment to life! We love how this turned out and we are glad the projector does the quality justice, because it deserves to be showcased to its full potential. In addition to this, the sound design is beautiful and we are so happy with the outcome. Harry did an amazing job with this. We love how it sounds as the player progresses, and we received a handful of comments so far regarding how relaxing this is. Overall, we are extremely happy with our progress and final outcome.

GAMEPLAY/EXPERIENCE

These elements worked well together to achieve our intended player experience, but the interaction adds another layer of engagement. Due to the refinements made over the last few days, the detection is much better than before and performs much smoother, which is ideal. The collection of snowflakes also works nicely which reveals the main 'objective' of the experience, making it easier for users to grasp. The experience wasn't fulfilled to its greatest potential due to the issue with the webcam/detection, but this issue will be resolved once we have our ideal setup during the summer.

THE NEW WALLS!

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We spoke to Andy Brook about our new wall construction, which we got to see live in the flesh! We are so grateful he has been working hard to build our ideal setup, and so far they look great. We are waiting on the frames to allow the walls to stand up by themselves and then we will be able to create holes in the walls, to place the webcams! Kiera and I will also take time out of our summer to paint the walls and make any other additions we need.

VLOG!

NOTES

  • Can position the walls on the right hand side, (looking at the main door) using the right wall, to be the back of the 'space'. This avoids any interference with the webcams.

  • Can essentially be placed wherever we choose - we feel either the right of left side of the door is best.

  • Lighting is not a problem

  • Need to paint both walls white

  • Need to embed cameras - holes eye-level with players ideally (average height)

  • Can add additional features/visuals after hand-in if we choose to

  • Two walls combined look great to give the effect of a physical box, similar to our initial 'immersive safe space' idea.

UPDATES

NEW SETUP EQUIPMENT LIST

  • Two Walls - 220 cm x 220 cm each

  • Two Optoma Short Throw Projectors

  • 2x Laptop/PC

  • 2x Microsoft Webcams

  • 2x HDMI Cable

  • 2x HDMI - USB-C Adapters

  • MASS 5.1 Surround Sound System

  • Amp

  • Extension Leads

REFLECTION

Overall, we are so pleased with the outcome of the setup so far. We managed to get a lot of documentation so far showcasing our ideal setup idea and we can't wait to see the final result. The new projectors work great and we are so thankful we could get our hands on them for this project! We definitely have some testing to do with the position of the webcams, as we don't want to get this wrong. But other than this, we are happy and we are almost ready to hand-in!

NEXT STEPS

Next steps for this week will be to integrate our full browser experience into BitShort.Studio site and Itch.io, which we plan to do tomorrow! Kiera has made the final refinements to Getaway and now we both have a copy of this version! The last few things we must do in the next two days involve final documentation for our submission and a sum-up document of how to set Getaway up. Exciting times ahead!

THE GAME

Overview

Personal Reflection

Achievement Log - Final Week!

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