Yesterday we gave a workshop at the "Forum für Lokaljournalismus" (Forum for local journalists). It is a nationwide event organized every year by the German Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Centre for political education) for journalists who are responsible for the "local" news. This year the main focus was aimed at new media and how the newspaper world is changed and affected by it, be it positively or negatively.
We presented the Tidy City mission that was created by local kids two weeks ago and played it with some of the journalists to give them an idea how mixed reality games and location services could be used in their context.
Direclty after Tutzing we travelled on to Waiblingen, a small town near Stuttgart. There we met with our partners for another exciting mini-project involving Tidy City. At the end of last year we were contacted by the local newspaper publishing house (Zeitungsverlag Waiblingen) and decided to create a mixed reality game together with them for their young audience. Tidy City seemed to fit perfectly, as this way they would not only be able to play such a game, but also leave the creation of a suitable scenario for Waiblingen into the hands of interested kids.
In total, four children were selected to become game designers and create their own Tidy City mission: Leonie, Sarah, Dominik and Jan. To begin with we played a small scenario we had prepared that morning. This way they learned how the game worked – and luckily they had lots of fun! After a short break we set out again and were now using our mobile authoring tools to capture pictures and GPS data so that a new mission for Waiblingen slowly became into being. Many thanks to the kids for their enthusiastic work!
The game will be premiered during the upcoming “Forum für Lokaljournalismus” on January 27th, which is a nationwide convention of journalists. From March 12th to March 20th local families will then have the chance to borrow phones from the newspaper and play the game in Waiblingen.
Check out the Youtube clip about the work done so far: