In Development: The Danger Zone

In Development: The Danger Zone

Although we don’t have them up on the site yet, there are a few games that our team members have developed and will eventually be shared with you via Axon. Among them is a game I created as part of my Masters degree in Biomedical Communications. That game is The Danger Zone. I created The Danger Zone to be a conversation-based mystery-solving game in the tradition of Carmen Sandiego and Clue. Created to teach teens food safety, players assume the role of a rookie epidemiologist tasked with solving an outbreak among a group of well-meaning but ill-fated teens (no pun intended). By interviewing experts including a physician, librarian, epidemiologist and one of the above-mentioned teenagers, players progress through the story, slowly unlocking the cause of the outbreak so they can report it back to headquarters.   So, I’ll admit that this game is not the pinnacle of gameplay or education; not yet at least. It was my first-ever video game, first game interface, first major coding project and I only had 8 months to go from rationale to wireframe to finished product (with a full course load of other projects to do). What you can play so far is essentially the tutorial level – the game in easy mode. In the coming months we will be restructuring the code to be more modular, as well as cleaning up the interface, adding usability features and adding more sounds and voice acting. We’ll also be adding two more levels which will round out the story and allow for more challenging cases. We’ll post in here as we change things, so you...
Launching axondigitalarts.com!

Launching axondigitalarts.com!

Hey, everyone! We are proud to finally announce the launch of axondigitalarts.com to the public! It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s looking pretty good, don’t you think? We sure hope so, anyway. I think it’s some of our best work so far. But I shouldn’t get too far ahead of myself. You probably don’t know us yet. Axon Digital Arts is a startup in the field of educational game development, with high hopes to bring a revolutionary synthesis of design sensibility and engaging gameplay to students of science, mathematics and critical thinking. We employ cutting edge information visualization and communication techniques to explore complex subject matter. You might think that educational games are boring. We think they’re boring too. But they really don’t have to be. And there’s plenty of reasons that they really shouldn’t be if they’re going to be effective. It’s our belief that building games with rapid, high-quality feedback, engaging gameplay, and mechanics tailored to the educational goal will fuel motivation and accelerate students’ understanding of complex subjects. We make games that make you think. We make games that go beyond forcing you to do problems, and give you the tools to visualize and think about problems. We don’t just build skill and drill into a game. We augment science and mathematics with games that are cool to play — for fun! We want players to experience flow. You know that feeling that you get when you’re so into doing a job that time just blows by and your mind is solely focused on what you’re doing? That’s flow. When players achieve flow, they’re ready to...