Nablus: Den tredje og sidste computerspil workshop er skudt i gang i flygtningelejren Balata i Nablus. 21 piger er i fuld gang med at tegne, producere lyde og programmere deres spil. De første dage er altid lidt kaotiske med åbne idé-processer og introduktion til de forskellige programmer.
Pigerne er inddelt i tre grupper og samarbejder om at udvikle spillene. Grafikerne tegner spillets hovedperson, eller helten som det hedder på spilsprog. Når hun er på plads, kan programmørerne gå i gang med deres arbejde, hvor første skridt er at få helten til at bevæge sig.
Samtidig er lyd-designerne i fuld sving med at optage lyde til spillet. Det kan både være baggrundsmusik og lyde, der illustrerer, hvad hovedpersonen foretager sig. Fx skal helten i et af spillene samle frugt i en skov, så her har to piger lige optaget lyden af skridt i en skovbund.
Abeer works in the reception in the local youth center in Anabta, where the second workshop takes place. Shes is 26 years-old and her dream is to become a photographer. She has taken wedding photos for the past 4, 5 years.
A delegation of women from the Danish games industry has just been in Palestine to teach young girls how to develop their own games, with support from Danish Action Aid. The goal was to inspire the teenage girls to choose to continue their studies within computer science in the future.
Maryam Mouadi studies computer science at the University, and last week she participated in our computer game workshop for young professional women in Ramallah. She learned how to design sound for computer games, and next week she will co-teach with Danish team at a computer girl workshop for teenagers in Nablus.
In this video she explains how she works with sound design:
From the 1st to the 3rd of June 2012 we held a Game Girl Workshop at UngEgedal.
In 3 days, 7 girls from 15 to 17 years old, worked hard to finish a game.
The finished game, Candy World, is a game about eating healthy food. It is a platformer, where you need to avoid the falling candy and eat the healthy foods. Some of the girls are attending a special sports line at their schools, so the game did reflect their every day life.
The girls participating in the workshop, are all going to Tanzania to teach teenage girls there how to make games! – So we will be back after the summer to give them even more insights into games and the programs.
On Play and Grow’s research trip to Palestine we met with possible local teachers for Game Girl Workshop. We had no idea who we would meet, but we were pleasantly surprised when we met Rasha, a Palestinian super-geek. – We bonded right away.
Play & Grow went on a research trip to Palestine. Supported by Danish Action Aid we traveled to see if we could find partner organizations that could help us execute Game Girl Workshop in Palestine. In Anepta, about 3 hours out of Ramallah, we met with the target group in WASIL Youth Center. Steffi Degiorgio had invented a beautiful storytelling card game, Pecomi, that we played with the girls. The video below shows a few highlights from the afternoon.