RescueFox is prototype game developed to test a game engine Mozilla is building to drive 3D gaming on the web (an initiative called Paladin). At the Mozilla Festival, Paladin team members demoed their work so far, and in the blink of an eye, a participant coded in support for joystick controls. Not bad! Follow the Paladin project to learn more.
RunJumpBuild is a simple platform game made for the browser. Jono Xia led sessions both teaching people how to code a game from scratch, and then he invited participants to hack in their own special twists to RunJumpBuild. By the end, the game now supports background music, sound effects, images & textures, customizable animations, monsters, trapdoors, better physics and even Pointless Trinkets. One of the 3D robots Dolf Veenvliet designed also made it into the game. Learn more, and keep an eye out for Jono’s forthcoming “view source” monster.
Laura Hilliger storyboarded an interactive narrative where the user navigates the scenes and learns code along the way. As the story progresses, new interactive elements are introduced, and the user learns how to master the tool. Using the example of Romeo and Juliet to teach Popcorn, she outlined a compelling narrative and mashed it up with interesting learning challenges.
Chloe Varelidi from P2PU jammed with participants to generate “learning challenges”, a new game-driven approach for asynchronous online learning. The School of Webcraft launched a beta of its learning challenges, including missions like “Hunting HTML in the World Around You” and “Writing HTML by Hand“. You can earn badges and mentor newbies as well. Learn more.
When it comes to our professional and personal lives, we run into unforeseen barriers due to closed standards, tools, or practices. These kinds of barriers exist all over, but not everyone knows about the “open” systems that exist in parallel, free for anyone to take advantage of to help improve their current situation. To make “open” truly relevant to the Average Joe, Jane Park from Creative Commons led a design challenge to charter a School of Open, which will be hosted on the peer-learning platform, P2PU. Learn more and help expand the curriculum.
You are a doctor responding to a medical emergency! Your interns incorrectly fixed a patient, and now he is a complete mess. It’s your job to dig into his HTML and CSS to fix him up – but hurry up before his health completely depletes. Play Doctor Web, a fun prototype that teaches code, designed during the Hackasaurus challenge facilitated by Jess Klein and Atul Varma. Get the code; learn more.
David Humphrey and Ted Han put together a quick & dirty Popcorn plugin for the DocumentCloud viewer. Users can tie the viewer to a video or audio presentation, allowing the content creator to open documents, jump to particular pages, and even open annotations to highlight specific document sections. Learn more.