Five: Board Game -Week 1

I am currently embarking on an 8-week journey to create a project that speaks to both my experience, and my design sensibility. With this is in mind I was inspired by my favorite pass-time,

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Reading comics!

Specifically, I became super interested in the newest hero, “Ironheart,” who in the Marvel Invincible Iron Man latest installment is supposed to replace Tony Stark with Riri Williams, an African-American, female, super genius. Here are some of the first drawings of her.

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These are pretty cool, until you take into account that she’s supposed to be a FIFTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL. These pictures are not appropriate for a character that is a child. They are sexy, and many fans including myself had a problem with it. While the sexualization of female heroes has always been a problem in comics in general, the real issue I have is that this echoes a deep inability for the general public to understand Black women. There appears to be a disconnect with what a Black woman really is. Is she an overweight sassy encouragement with endless advice that saves all the dumb young people around her? Is she a sexy siren that only a true man can satisfy, furthering the idea that a man can prove his worth by satisfying a SISTA? Is she a loud, angry, nag that emasculates the men around her?

It’s hard to decide with the media, and in instances that are intended to dispel these myths, i.e. the super intelligent 15 year old Riri Williams, you still see some of the stereotypes bleed through.

However, because Riri is a CHILD, it is lucky that the populace as a while rejected this, and the newer images are more appropriate.

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However, we then see that her hair texture has been loosened and her skin has been lightened, which is a a shame considering her character’s look is based off of the Disney channel actress, Skai Jackson.

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Even before the she was redrawn, when people discussed possibilities for her casting, these were some of the prominent fantasy picks.

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Oy vey. Why is it so impossible to have a dark skinned black girl who looks like a GIRL, be a super genius? Why can these things not coexist? Why does something have to give in order to make the idea somehow palatable.

It is these things that bleed over that makes me realize that despite the strides we as a people have made to overcome stereotypes, we still have a far way to go, which is why I want to create my game.

Five

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Originally I had planned to make a digital game, but I have a time restraint of 8 weeks to make everything happen.  So the first stage of my work is research, so that I can better understand how to convey my ideas.

SO, HERE IS A LITTLE HISTORY.

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jez1
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welfarequeen

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sbw

 

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Over the next few weeks I will be exploring these concepts more and how to make it into a game that is subtle, but powerful.

Wish me luck!

Research links:

  1. Ferris State University http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/jezebel.htm#
  1. A.V. Club http://www.avclub.com/article/iamos-n-andy-iwas-the-rare-representation-of-black-101275
  1. Alternet.org http://www.alternet.org/truth-behind-strong-black-woman-stereotype
  1. bitechmedia.org https://bitchmedia.org/post/six-annoying-women-character-tropes-in-black-romantic-comedies
  1. racism.org http://racism.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1277:aawomen01a&catid=72&Itemid=215

 

Gears

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been subtly OBSESSED with ballets.

One in particular, a less popular ballet called “Coppelia” has always kept my brain ticking.

“Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his fiancee, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.” – Wikipedia

The old inventor is lonely and wants a companion, so he creates Coppelia with the wish to make her living. He intends on transferring Franz’ soul to the doll, and his fiancee (who had snuck into the inventor’s home to tell Coppelia off for catching Franz’s eye (though she completely ignores him) pretends to be Coppelia to save Franz. In the process she breaks the inventor’s heart who think he’s finally brought his surrogate daughter to life, and runs off to be married.

Personally I never cared for the fickle Franz who would have easily run off with Coppelia if she were real, nor the vindictive Swanhilda who when HER fiancee decides to cheat on her, decides to confront the WOMAN as opposed to..I don’t know, him?

I always felt bad for the inventor and the doll whom would continue to live a life of darkness. And so, when I was given a prompt from a random word generator.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

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With this, I had a week to execute the assignment, and after many clunky frames, managed to come up with something that summarized my idea. In future iterations I’d have smoother animation and more intimacy, but I believe “Love and Gears” has a certain charm.

Enjoy!

Gears from Sydney Adams on Vimeo.

Inner City

An html based text adventure game that explores the minute decisions of a woman in New York City.

Here is the Inner City trailer.

Inner City from Sydney Adams on Vimeo.

Music Credit: “Who Are You” by C2C ft. Olivier Daysoul

(All music rights go to C2C and Olivier Daysoul)

The playable FULL version will be available free by Dec 25th with extended storylines, and likely hosted on Github.

 

Gurlz

Gurlz

Currently I am creating a series called, “Gurlz,” in which I take photographs of my female friendships, and paint over them to evoke a feeling of their personalities and inner strength. I plan to make ten portraits in total.

 

Spoke the Thunder: Volume 5, Issue II

Spoke the Thunder-The Wake

ORIGINAL WORK PUBLISHED!

The Wake

With curtains of smoke, the tear blasted song

Rings out, deplorable in vibrant tune,

Hallejulah, to the Almighty One, and

The memories that wax and wane like the

Moon: like a mud puddle that never dries,

Or the sawdust that is never removed

From the floor by your armoire, seen once before.

I am mourning for the sake of mourning,

And for your sake I forsake all sun

But the day does not come, my skin begins

To sizzle under her tar black eyes, that

Cries I am a fraud, divinely punished

Sitting here in somber color, Your box

Steams with wil o whisps, Marlboro, New Port

To think your 3 thousandth poisonous gasp

Sits respirated within me, while you

Lie, guised beneath a curtain of smoke, that

Death cannot part, and tears cannot snuff out.

 

CUNY TV: Shadow Policing 2012

I had poetry in this episode about Treyvon Martin and my feelings after hearing what happened back in 2012. It got lost when I upgraded my website, but I’m putting it back where it belongs. My segment read by a lovely fellow student, starts at 27:53.

Thank you and click the link below!

By Sydney Adams

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CUNY TV!

 

 

Current Project: Census 2016

Making a new game called Census!

Tagline: What do you mean you don’t remember?

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So while I don’t know much about code, I am planning the gameplay of this game called Census. It was originally called Amnesia, but a friend (know-it-all) of mine showed that Amnesia was taken. Maybe Census is too, but it’s a working title and I’m sticking to it!

Premise:

  • You awake in an unknown room with no memory of who you are.

This is an untimely bout of amnesia because the town of Purgatory is in the middle of The Census. Unlike other towns, Purgatory exists in an unstable dimension in which every summer the denizens of the town are ejected at whim. The only protection against this is the Census, in which every member of the town must write their name down into the Mayor’s Book before the solstice begins. The Book has magical properties that bind the person written down to the town. But beware, if you don’t write down the right name, you won’t save yourself. You have three days before the Census ends.

  • The Player will meet various characters of the unusual world each day who claim to know who they are, and provide identities.
  • Goal: Find out who you are or get ejected out the dimension and die.

So yeah! It’ll probably be free so…definitely check back in.

More to come! Keep an eye out ^_^

-Syd