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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
  • Word count: 3117

IT investigative process

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Introduction

INVESTIGATION Problem: The project that I'm developing promotes tourism in Colombia. Nevertheless, it is not an easy task; Colombia has earned itself a bad fame due to a series of problems in the country (particularly violence related). For almost the last half a centaury terrorists groups such as the F.A.R.C and paramilitary groups have stirred up violence throughout the country. These groups are mainly financed by the selling of drugs, another topic that hasn't contributed to Colombia's positive image. This project aims to convince outsiders that Colombia isn't quite what it's made out to be, it is these positive characteristics of the country that I intend to make clear. So, why is attracting tourists to Colombia so important for the country? Firstly, it helps restore Colombia's positive image and secondly the government benefits by attracting foreign visitors to the country. This is because these foreigners go back to their home country with an approving notion of Colombia. This in turn will help construct a cycle that in which more visitors will travel to the country thus stimulating the country's touristic sector in the economy. A growing touristic sector will also help develop other services in the country. For example, restaurants, public transport and accommodation will receive more money from outsiders and so be able to improve their quality of service. Also, Colombia's government by receiving money from tourism can work on improving the country by using this money to aid the neutralization of violence and the fight against poverty among others. This allows us to conclude that tourism is indeed very important for Colombia now more than ever. With Colombia's recent improvement in terms of security, other countries are no starting to look at Colombia as an option for touristic visiting. It is important to encourage this new view towards Colombia since it may help to stimulate tourism in the country and so bring along with it a variety of opportunities which will help Colombia improve. ...read more.

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-In a combo box near the top currently reads "Do nothing". Scroll down it and select "Game - display a message" -Now click the "Edit message" button and then click the "New Message" button. -Write your message and press "Ok". With this information I finalize my investigation phase. I have the sufficient information to begin designing my image database and to start managing the game production software. Information Sources: http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/colregions/a/nationalparks.htm http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geograf%C3%ADa_de_Colombia http://www.turismocolombia.com/newsdetail.asp?id=4567&idcompany=127 The Wikipedia article approaches the topic in a neutral, informative manner. It provides concise, key information concerning the natural regions of the country. On the other hand, the sites "gosouthamerica" and "turismocolombia" have valid information but are also slightly bias. This is because they are sites that try to promote tourism in Colombia and so only include information attractive to prospective tourists. Nevertheless, it is important to include the information from these two sites since it gives me ideas to help me promote tourism in Colombia. None of these three sites has obsolete or outdated information. Game tutorial sources and images: http://www.bigbluecup.com/acintro1.htm http://www.bigbluecup.com/acintro2.htm http://www.bigbluecup.com/acintro3.htm The "bigbluecup" tutorials contain some of the most important information for the project. They accurately teach a user how to manage the basics of game making with the software Adventure Game Studio. All information on these pages is useful for the development of my project and up to date. Design Specification I'm going to create a simple adventure game that includes the following characteristics: -Convey Colombia's natural beauty to the audience. -Use a variety of photo's from different regions of the country. -Make the project visually impacting by assuring that the photos included are breathtaking examples of Colombia's wildlife. -Make the main objective of the game a "journey through Colombia". -Demonstrate my ability at managing the computer game software. A way of possibly testing if my final solution satisfies these characteristics would be to make a survey. In this survey I would show the characteristics I initially planted to the people being surveyed and I would ask them if my game fulfills these characteristics. ...read more.

Conclusion

I make this choice because a treasure hunt throughout Colombia will undoubtedly create a more exciting game experience than any of the previous design plans mentioned. Also, it gives me more space to experiment new skills when creating the final product. As I had mentioned previously, this design meets the requirements of the design specification by introducing the audience to Colombia's natural beauty through a number of landscape images. It also allows me to demonstrate my ability to use the game making software effectively. Project Plan 1) Download images from the internet of Colombian wildlife and possible rooms for the game. 2) Use a 3D rendering software (either Reallusion Iclone or Poser) to export a series of realistic images to create my game character. 3) Use Adventure Game Studio to import my new 3D game character. 4) Use an image manipulation program (either GIMP or Macromedia Fireworks) to edit and resize the images that I downloaded in step number 1. 5) Use Adventure Game Studio to start creating the actual game. -Import internet images as rooms. -Import characters into the game. -Set walkable areas and hotspots. -Create dialogue between characters. -Create game objects. Resources list: -Internet -3D rendering software (either Reallusion Iclone or Poser). -Image editing software (either GIMP or Macromedia Fireworks). -Adventure Game Maker Planning-Timeline My plan contains all the necessary steps to start developing my project immediately. More importantly, if by any chance, modifications concerning my design plan were to occur this shall not halt the game development process. This is because the first four procedures of my project plan will always remain the same. No matter what changes I decide to make, I will have the game character and images for the project constantly available. This means, that even if I decide to change my entire design, I will not have to start from scratch since I will already have the character and the necessary images for my game. Due to this, I can afford to make changes to my design without having to waste much time. ...read more.

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