Metadata Games Week 3English 201 Posting
For week 3 of digital humanities, we were tasked with playing a few different metadata games, then writing a brief summary of the two we enjoyed the most. I personally enjoy games like Scrabble and Boggle so the two word games ‘Stupid Robot’ and ‘Zen Tag’ stood out the most for me. Below I will explain how the games collect metadata as well as what I liked and disliked about each.
Stupid Robot https://tiltfactor2.dartmouth.edu/stupidrobot
Stupid Robot was an interesting game. The limitation of one word per each length spot created a good challenge for me. I enjoyed thinking of words of different lengths to fit the picture displayed on the screen. I found the words in the 4,9 and 10 number spots were the hardest to determine and often left me frustrated in a good way.
The number limit spots make the metadata that could have been acquired less due to the limitations that are set. Many people, myself included, struggle to find words that fit these limits due to the fact that words around 3-6 letters are the easiest to come up with.
This game is similar to Zen Tag in the way metadata is collected. An image is shown and words are associated with that image. Stupid Robot was the more challenging of the two games due to the fact that word limitations were set and words of the same length could not be repeated.
Zen Tag was a very easy game. The picture displayed required a tag associated with it and then a new picture was displayed. Nothing seemed overly challenging with the game and I found it quite the opposite of zen. I find games with time limitations or set rules more enjoyable to play, so the free feeling of Zen Tag was definitely not for me.
I enjoyed how the game offered different images so that you were not constantly staring at the same image trying to find different ways to describe it as well as it allowed you to skip images that you had no idea what they were. The metadata was collected by tagging the image with different terms separated by commas and points were rewarded for different words.
Overall, I enjoyed playing Stupid Robot more than Zen Tag, but that is because I enjoy games with limitations more. I can see how these games collect valuable metadata and why it is important. I would definitely play Stupid Robot again and I recommend you give it a try!