The Female Fighter Game

This game depicts different situations faced by women in the streets of Egypt. Each scenario is a true story that a woman went through. Will you be able to survive being a healthy woman in this country?

This is a link of my game:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CLGCnAPEWJWaTzfGfFH93nU1RWSL64IBW70u6v971tE/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please play the game and I will be waiting on your feedback!

 

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My Game Idea

My game will be depicting the life of an Egyptian girl/woman walking in the streets of Egypt. Many of us get sexually assaulted in the streets without even wearing showy clothes. We should defend ourselves, right? Well defending ourselves can get us into much more trouble because responding can lead to violence from the man’s side. Unfortunately, men passing by can decide not to help or defend us because they know they won’t get away with it.

Women in Egypt grow up with the fear of walking the street on their own without a guy by their side. We have been told stories, experienced ones ourselves how as a girl we experience sexual harassment in our everyday lives, whether if it’s cat calling, looks, voices or even touches.

My game will be depicting situations where a girl is being sexually harassed, and given a series of actions to take while at the moment. Each option will lead to another showing all the negative and sometimes positive consequences of the action taken.

Digital Games Phase 1

After playing games that depict the lives of a certain group of people, I was able to be in their shoes for a duration of the game. I made decisions and was able to go through their life situations by experiencing the circumstances of the decisions I made in the games.

When I played Spent, I did my best to make decisions that would make me survive the game. As a result, I took heartless decisions that I wouldn’t make in real life such as not going to my grandmother’s funeral, not make my child go to a birthday party and chose not to see the doctor when I need to. Such decisions made me survive till level 30 and then the game decided that my money is over because I didn’t buy insurance of the car. At that point of the game, I felt that I could do everything and still I will lose my money at the end of the game. It made me feel like everything was pointless and I was going to lose my money anyway. And for a moment I thought about people who don’t get paid well and have children and a house to take care of. How do they make it through life?

When I played BBC Syrian Journey, I felt that I was being chased by a set of scenarios that are going to kill me no matter what I chose. And when I thought about it, I realized that actually Syrians struggle to save their lives, and that this game was actually nothing compared to what they go through.

I also played the single moms game, and I felt empathy for the single moms who have to take care and raise children on their own without a partner to help them out and carry some of the burden with them. I felt that the options of the answers I had were so limited to the extent that I knew what was coming next after choosing a certain answer.

I also played Domestic Abuse, which made me realize the number of women who are subjected to domestic abuse in Egypt. I actually started to feel how domestic abuse can be noticed in someone’s attitude even before marriage. I realized women feel ashamed of such action and actually decide to hide it instead and not talk about it or resist it at all. And the more we stay silent about it, the more it gets worse especially in our culture, where we think women deserve to be abused.

Additionally I played the Darfur is dying game and it really reminded me of the BBC Syrian Journey and gave me the same feels.

http://playspent.org

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32057601

https://mernakostandy.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/digital-narrative-game/

https://janakhalifa.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/digital-narrative-game-draft/

http://www.darfurisdying.com

Empathy and Bias

After a week of discussing empathy and bias and doing activities in class, I learned that each one of us unconsciously leans towards a certain mindset about a group of people. Some of the activities done ic class made people speak about the attitudes that bother them the most in the people around them and how they could feel empathy towards the person to try and understand why they act this way. This activity was very interesting because I notices that some people couldn’t feel empathy at all and others could find a a dozen of reasons to let it go and understand why someone could feel this way. I felt that this activity made people open up and speak of things that bother them which actually broke the ice a bit in the class.

We also watched a video where Chimamanda Adichie called “The Danger of a Single Story”. The talk Adichie gave just got me thinking whether I think about a certain group of people in a way that is not correct because of a few stories I’ve heard, and as the video continued, I realized that I do. I do think that all Nigerians are poor, when there are rich ones. And I actually started thinking of internationals who always think that we live in pyramids and use camels as our source of transportation, which is not correct, but they’ve been exposed to such books and pictures since they were young. I started feeling empathy!

 

Digital literacy, skills and fluency

I want to start off by explaining what digital literacy is as defined on the Internet. Digital literacy has been defined by Cornell University as “the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content using information technologies and the internet”. Other sources define digital literacy as a component of media literacy. Which refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate clear information through writing and other forms of communication on various digital platforms”. Digital skills on the other hand is the knowledge of how to use digital tools and technologies effectively. Digital fluency has been defined as ” A digitally fluent person can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome. They can articulate why the tools they are using will provide their desired outcome”.

After coming up with those definitions, I am capable of differentiating between digital literacy, skills and fluency very easily. Digital skills would focus on an individual’s ability to use tools such as Twitter for instance. However, digital literacy would focus in depth on when to use Twitter, and whether it is the right tool to use in order to reach the outcome desired. Digital fluency on the other hand is just being fluent while using the technology, being able to adapt the use of a certain tool in different contexts and with the ability to explain why they work in the way they do.

For me, digital literacy is major in the coming years and for this generation. Since everything is becoming digital and even children in schools use their iPads and Laptops to study and learn, then digital literacy is certainly becoming important. Additionally, everything we do and all sources of communication now is through technology, and therefore to get along, we need to be digitally literate.

Finally, I would like to reflect on Maha Bali’s video in which she differentiates between digital literacy and skills. Actually, the first thing I thought about when I read the definitions of digital literacy, skills and fluency was the example Bali gives about the language. I believe I can’ learn a language without practicing it. Which would represent not being able to be digitally literate without being fluent, otherwise I wouldn’t be exercising my knowledge and skills well, and start losing what I’ve learnt. After watching Bali’s video, I realized that digital literacy, skills and fluency actually complete each other and none of them can go without the other. They are completely different things that I believe complement each other.

 

Sources:

https://teach.com/blog/what-is-digital-literacy/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_literacy

https://www.teachaway.com/blog/digital-skills-vs-digital-literacy-whats-difference

http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency

https://www.futureworkiq.com/single-post/2017/11/24/Digital-Literacy-vs-Digital-Fluency

 

 

Twitter Scavenger Hunt

My experience of the Twitter Scavenger Hunt left me in awe of the way we can so easily communicate with people from all over the world through a simple click or touch on the phone. Getting to communicate with others from different countries all over the world made me feel out of the box and out there. This was my first time using twitter and I can say that it did not turn out to be as boring as I thought it was. I quickly learned to get along on twitter through this exercise and I found it easy to use. As a visual person and communicator I wouldn’t say twitter impressed me, but it helped me communicate with people I have never met, and the activity as a whole made it smooth and easy to get along with others on twitter.

I also found the activity of the “mystery object” interesting and served as an icebreaker at first with the others we are communicating with on twitter. It helped start off conversations with others we never connected with. Additionally, the more mysterious the object was, the more it brought up jokes and helped us socialize and blend with others.