"Pow!" Wow, what an awesome punch that character has! Ever wondered what goes into making a punch look good in a video game? Or any other character motion sequence, for that matter? Try this science fair project for a firsthand look at how art and timing can create memorable game action.
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To do this science fair project, you will need to download and install a free program, called Scratch. See the Experimental Procedure for more details.
Have you ever wondered about the various types of music in a video game you've played? You may not have
paid much attention to the music, but its job was to enhance your gaming experience. In fact, the
wrong kind of music can detract from the atmosphere of the game. Can you imagine the music in Mario
KartTM playing in Street Fighter®? In a game, music can indicate many different
things, such as a special or new event, shift of mood, or the arrival of a character. This kind of music is…
Do you enjoy playing video games? Do you like the challenge of reaching a difficult game level and
scoring lots of points? Video games include many graphic elements that are great to watch, but did
you know that not only sighted people enjoy video games? Blind and visually impaired players can also play video games by relying on sound cues — the pings, pops, bangs, and bursts of music that make a game fun or exciting. When building a game that will be accessible to differently abled…
Have you ever had several different design ideas for a project and not known which one to try first? Engineers use computer models of real-world objects called simulations to help them make decisions before they start building prototypes. This helps them save time and money, so they do not have to physically build and test each design they come up with. In this project, you will use a free physics simulation program called VoxCAD. VoxCAD has been used for research at NASA, MIT, and other…
Video games come in many varieties: aim-and-shoot games, city-building games, racing games... the list goes on. In many, you get points for colliding with or hitting something. In this computer and video games project, you will learn about how hit boxes are used to detect collisions and you will determine if the size and placement of a hit box affects the score in the game.
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Sudoku puzzles have become extremely popular over the past couple of years. You can find books of puzzles for beginners to experts, and many newspapers print Sudoku puzzles daily. This project challenges you to write a computer program to check if your Sudoku solution is correct.
Video games are entertainment, but like other such media (say Oscar-winning movies or award-winning books), they can also point out
challenges facing people. In this science project, you will design and create a fishing video game that teaches the player about which
fish are plentiful enough to catch and which fish are not because their population is declining. Maybe your game can help solve the problem
of over-fishing and help sustain healthy fish populations. All while having fun of…
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