Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Testing my concept

I sent out a survey a few weeks ago to try get my target audience. I needed people that were sedentary and played social games. I got 11 suitable volunteers. I then gave 8 willing volunteers a questionnaire (Ralf Schwarzt & Britta Peaner derived the questionnaire) to find out their self-efficacy levels towards fitness. I divided the group into 2 groups a) high level of self efficacy b) low level of self efficacy. Each volunteer was given a pedometer. 
I was provided pedometers by Breda a supervisor in CIT's GYM. She had previously used them in a pedometer challenge for the college. I text each participant for 4 nights in week 1 documenting their step count for each day. In week 2 I will request their step count and then reward the user by crediting them energy in the YourCity beta game. All participants will be given a questionnaire after the test to see their opinion on the system.

Online Presentation

I have booked a meeting with B.J. Fogg but for me to illustrate my project I had to place a presentation online. I did this using Prezi  which is a zooming presentation editor. I am very impressed with prezi as it gives presentations away more technologic feel about them. I will more than likely use this for my final presentation as in the middle of the presentation you can zoom out/in and pan around the presentation. My prezi can be found at

PS. Only the concept has been filled out for Fogg. Researching, Testing etc will be filled out later on in the year.

Creating a beta version of YourCity

I am going to use Game maker 8 to create a prototype of YourCity. The game will have the main functionality but not with the expected graphics. Using this game I will be able to test the concept. I am using pedometers to simulate the mobile phone application. 
GameMaker 8 : Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games! And when you've become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language, which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker. What is best, is the fact that Game Maker can be used free of charge.