Doing a bunch of ARG consultancy and while creating lists of user journey options thought I would create this nice little app to help exercise those ‘cross media’ muscles or drive you bonkers. It is a work in progress (what isn’t nowadays) and many more ‘user journey’ options will be added, an auto button and almost done, a genre selector (which adds some story bits). Kind of an auto ARG creator eventually 🙂
Choose ‘auto’ (default) and just watch it in veg out mode
Choose ‘manual’ then click the top right red button for each of the ‘next’ steps
Choose ‘about’ for a little description…
(in progress) A Cross Media User Journey…should describe the route a user takes through a complex multi platform service. It can refer to their thought processes, the actions they take at various points, the story fragments that are revealed at each junction as they travel across a plethora of channels, devices and forms. It often captures the essence of their UX, user experience and is often displayed as a complex chart.
This application, for amusement only, takes us on an endless Alternate Reality Game like User Journey.
Pitch-o-Matic v 0.2 08/09 – In progress A PRESENTATION THEATER SPORTS GENERATOR
“For students & media professionals to improve their presentation confidence and improvisational skills”!
INSTRUCTIONS (you use the keyboard vs the mouse!)
1 – To see this running in your browser below make sure you have the latest 64bit shockwave plugin here or download the standalone Mac or PC apps below
2 – PRESS 2 on the KEYBOARD for a fun Intro sequence
3 – After the intro music PRESS 3 on the keyboard which ‘ brings up my example ’rounds’ screen (see more on these below). Use this as a guide though and try to make your own ‘pitch games’ using the randomiser on the next screens! Use the WHO is it for and HOW many presenters at your discretion.
ROUND 1 – “ON THE GenreSPOT” – simple come up and talk for x number of seconds on a random TOPIC below. Easy start
ROUND 2 – “DON’T LET THEM GUESS” – a presenter is secretly given a random CONTENT below and has to truly describe it without giving away what it is. To aid understanding of dangers of ‘not getting to the point!’ 🙂
ROUND 3 – “LET’S GET EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL” A combination of Round 1 but now add in advanced random EMOTIONAL state of the presenter and/or a PHYSICALITY that the presenter has to display!
ROUND 4 – “THE 15 SECOND EPIC” – Use a combination of the above rounds but use the timer to force presenter/s to do the 15 second elevator pitch – and make it sound compelling
ROUND 5 – “3 WISE MONKEYS AND ONE PRESENTER” – This involves 1 presenter and 3 selected panelists. Each of the panellists are making it hard for the presenter – Panelist 1 – Occasionally asks completely irrelevant questions, Panelist 2 – Occasionally asks extremely precise and detailed questions, Panelist 3 – Is physically showing complete disinterest and is actually off-putting!
ROUND 6 – “KEYWORD HURDLES” – Choose up to four people from the audience who have to simply introduce a ‘left field’ keyword every 30 seconds and the presenter/s have to incorporate that into their presentation!
4 – PRESS 4 to bring up the main interface. Use the example rounds above and press the corresponding LETTER (eg: for Who, press the letter W) – some sound effects and music make waiting for the item fun, especially Topic and Content which have 1000s of possibilities!
WHO – is the project aimed at. The presenter will need to consider this.
HOW – many people will be presenting. The single person can nominate others.
EMOTIONAL – What state are you, the presenter in. For advanced users only!
PHYSICALITY – What will you be doing with your body during the presentation?
TOPIC – A possible list of over 1200 genre, topics, subjects. The main button for early rounds.
CONTENT – A selection of over 200 of the top films of all time
5 – If you want a break to instruct or give feedback simply press the jingle letters – J for a short one, L for a long one (perhaps the outro to the show)
6 – Finally You can initiate a COUNT-UP timer at any time counting up by pressing the number ‘5’ key. To reset it simply press ‘4’ to return to the main screen and also press ‘R’ to reset all fields
You can download a standalone app which can be used to produce a full screen ‘show’ – download 45MB MAC app here and 39MB PC app here then set the projector screen resolution to 640/480. I have run this successfully with over 60 students and/or media pros at a time.
Install Shockwave PlugIn First from here. Game Generator v 0.1a 07/09 – In progress
“For teachers and students to come up with the seeds of a new game”!
Click ( or press the corresponding letter) on each of the lines to generate a cool combination of your ‘new game’ attributes. ONLY click once and use your game design prowess to work within the first click contraints!
Suggest that Genre, Players and Type are the main three – the other two are there for ‘detailing’
A series of tools Gary has created for hundreds of his workshops and training, designed to help teams generate ideas or quick pitches from assigned stories/genre/intention/business etc: You will need Shockwave and/or Flash players installed into your browser to view these – get it from Adobe here.
Click the links below
SOCIAL MULTI PLATFORM TV BRIEF O’MATIC – “Flash app, designed as a tool to develop your audience/user centric thinking when creating Multi Platform Social properties. It gives you a well known existing story world and requires you to meet two ‘user centric’ objectives (primary and secondary) and also a business model to fulfil”
TRANSMEDIA-BRIEF-O-MATIC – FLASH “This randomly chooses (on command) story/TV worlds and two simple ‘objectives’ to take into account in your presentation back. There are two sections TV extension and pure Transmedia.
PITCH-O-MATIC – SHOCKWAVE “For students & media professionals to develop their ‘off-the-cuff’ pitch and presentation skills”!
WINDMILLS OF OUR TRANSMEDIA MINDS – FLASH “…that takes you on a journey! To help exercise those ‘cross media’ muscles or drive you bonkers. It is a work in progress (what isn’t nowadays) and many more ‘user journey’ options will be added