Negotiated Portfolio 6 – the deadline

The deadline

It’s the week of the deadline and this portfolio is the only piece of work left for me to do. The word count is under 7,400 words so that leaves room for one more little news story. I had originally intended to do more news stories, but, as it turns out, most of the portfolio work has been features. The news story I did, though, was a pretty good one.

I had three ideas that I was considering. One of which was a little piece on the Curiosity experiment, from the game development studio 22Cans. I had found that Peter Molyneux, a game designer whom I have great respect for, posted his email address to his Twitter account asking for people to contact him with questions about the whole thing.

22Cans, as well as the Curiosity experiment, are creating a new game called Godus which the experiment related to, in terms of what turned out to be the ultimate prize. So I emailed Peter and, amazingly, was then exchanging emails with him. In the end, he said that he was very busy (understandably) and if I wanted to talk to him we had to do it over the phone.  Continue reading

Curiosity over. Next step: Godhood in Godus

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After six months of tapping on cubes, the Curiosity experiment has concluded, with one man being named the God of Gods in 22Can’s new game, Godus.

Peter Molyneux, games industry legend and 22Cans founder, said: “The experiment went really well, it almost went too well. We thought it would be 5,000 people popular, not five million popular.” Continue reading

Negotiated Portfolio 5 – Electric Progress

Electric Progress

Right, firstly: apologies for the headlines for these blog posts. I do realise how terrible they are.

Realising that I’m coming up close to the deadline, I needed to add some more pieces to my portfolio. I decided to do a review of an album called Electric, released in February by one of my favourite musicians, Richard Thompson.

I first heard Thompson last year when I was recommended to listen to him. As a guitar player myself, I was completely blown away. Electric is the first album he has released since I have been a fan, so I purchased the Deluxe Edition and it is a really great album. It is nothing ground-breaking, it’s just great music. Once again, there was little call for research other than listening to the album (happily) on repeat. Continue reading

New Early Years Outdoor Area for Trevithick Learning Academy

IMG_1The grand opening of Trevithick Learning Academy’s new early years outdoor play area took place on Friday last week (19 April).

Nursey and Year 1 teacher, Beth Sullivan, said: “Our outside area offers experiences that children only get from spending time outside. The children are thrilled with their new area and they are already using the space in very creative, thoughtful ways.” Continue reading

Negotiated Portfolio 4 – Netflix niggles

Netflix Niggles

As stated in the first blog post, the topics of the articles in this portfolio were of my own choosing. The only rule was that one of them had to be aimed at a B2B (Business 2 Business) magazine.

A B2B magazine is an industry-specific publication and there are hundreds, possibly thousands of them. No matter how obscure, there’s probably one for every industry, even one for hackers (which I found while researching an article for a different module).  Continue reading

Negotiated Portfolio 3 – Criminal Interviews

Criminal Interviews

 

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I stumbled across a game called Prison Architect, being developed by a well-known company called Introversion Software, they were independent developers, one of the first in fact. Prison Architect is their sixth game and it was in Alpha phase, with pre-purchasers able to play it early.

Introversion is run by three friends, one of which is Mark Morris who is the producer, he does all sorts of things at Introversion, aside from actually coding the game. His job is to keep the company going so that the lead designer, Chris Delay, can make the games. Continue reading

Negotiated Portfolio 2 – Editors, pitching, and farmers

Editors, pitching, and farmers

The editor from Cornwall Today, Kirstie Newton, was invited to talk to the group, as a long-term friend of the course. This means that we already have a contact in the magazine and were able to pitch stories to her. When asked to think of an idea, I ended up with another student, Giacomo Prioreschi.

Our story was about young people working in the UK’s agricultural industries. Giacomo knew a 25-year-old fisherman, and I knew a 20-year-old farmer. Together, that’s two industries that are well endowed in Cornwall’s heritage, making an interesting story with the angle, are there enough young people in these industries today?  Continue reading