Bonus Quests!

Bonus quests are secondary composition tasks that provide an opportunity for extra points towards your overall score. These are not compositions that we will be talking about explicitly in session, but much of what we learn influences these tasks. 

Want to do an extra task?
  1. Choose a task you wish to complete.
  2. Read the FULL description, point values, and submission instructions. 
  3. Complete task.
  4. Send to GM for evaluation. Email subject line should be "Last Name: Extra Credit Name."

Note: The bonus quests are assessed in a critical manner. Just because the task states you may earn 20xp does not mean if you complete the task you will earn the 20xp. All tasks can be revised for more points. 




Quest 1: Concept Art

Composition classes don't always allow all talents to shine, so I wanted to offer an opportunity to all artists. I am looking for artwork for this website and future game-based classes. For each piece of original art submitted, you will gain XP that adds onto your overall level. There are a few parameters to discuss in regards to this quest: Artwork must be original.

  • You must have proof that you created the piece. Make sure you document the process either through Camtasia or screenshots.
  • The piece can be of any style or type.
  • As long as I can capture it digitally (photo, scanned, or digital image), you will get credit.

Potential Points: 15XP

Can be submitted twice.

Quest 2: Play Matters. Seriously!

When was the last time you watched someone play a video game? Your answer may be never. Many video games are not entertaining for the spectator, unless there is commentary. For this assignment, you have the opportunity to sit down and actually observe someone (or a group of people) play a video game. Think about primary research techniques such as observation, interview, survey, and photography. You are trying to capture why video games matter.

Try to focus on a single player if possible, but a group that is playing the same game together is fine as well, in order to find out why video games matter to them. How you approach this assignment is up to you, but you must follow the following criteria for an optimal score:

You must use observation and interview to gather your information (you may use other primary research methods in addition to these)

  • You have to answer the question, "Why does playing matter?"
  • Take a selfie in front of the screen you are observing 
  • The essay must be at least 750 words
  • These can also be digital streams where you talk to the gamer after.

Your heading should include: Your Name, Instructor Name, Date Completed, "Play Matters," and Word Count.

Potential Points: 25XP

Quest 3: The Movie, Rhetorically Speaking

Do you love movies? Of course you do because everyone loves cinematic adventures. When was the last time you really sat down and did an analysis of a movie with rhetoric? You may be asking yourself, "What the hell does that even mean?" For this quest, you will analyze a movie's character, organization, or company using at least five (5) different rhetorical terms that are listed below as a guide.

Do you want to analyze the main character? A supporting character? What about a company/organization in the film? You have free reign of how you approach this assignment, but make sure you follow the following criteria for full credit:

  • You use at least five (5) different rhetorical terms correctly (you can find others if you wish). Make sure you bold them.
    • Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Kairos, Metanoia, Exigence, Prepon (appropriateness), and Audience.
  • You analyze the plot, character, organization, etc. Do not give a summary with the terms listed.
    • Whatever you decide on, provide at least one (1) picture that represents your analysis.
  • The movie must be from 2016 or newer. 
  • The paper must be at least 750 words

Your heading should include: Your Name, Instructor Name, Date Completed, "Rhetorical Movie Review," and Word Count. Create an interesting title and make sure the formatting is in MLA. 

Potential Points: 25XP

Quest 4: Giffing a Task Up

This quest is an extension of Raid 4, but requires a separate composition. For this quest, you are to create an instructional page on how to complete a task by using gifs and text. The lesson and software you choose is completely up to you, but there are a few guidelines:

  • You need to have at least 10 gifs.
  • There should be at least 10 steps.
    • The steps should make clear sense to the audience and should be actionable.
  • If you require assets for the task, please link all assets to the instructions. 
  • Include an overview of what the task is, why it is essential, and any information that is important to the task before starting.
  • Include a full example of a completed task.

To make sure your guide is shareable, make your guide on a single page using Weebly. Add gif by adding image. 

Guide on making gifs in Premiere Pro: HERE

Example

Potential Points: 25XP

Quest 5: Illustrating Rhetoric

This quest both challenges you to think about rhetoric and making digital arguments. Remember the image we analyzed as a class on August 28? No, you can check the lecture notes.

Either way, I'm challenging you to use Illustrator or a similar program to recreate the below image. I suggest choosing a different topic and/or different game pieces to get your point across. The image should be inserted into a GoogleDoc accompanied by at least a 250 word rationale and screenshots or a video showing your process. 

Credit to The Mind Unleashed

Potential Points: 25XP

Quest 6: Questing in Minecraft

For this quest, you need to have both Minecraft: Education Edition and the Code Connection apps downloaded from education.minecraft.net

Open up Minecraft: Education Edition, click play, create, and open "Code Builder Tutorial." 

Follow the instructions and complete all nine (9) challenges while taking screenshots of each completed challenge. Upload all images in an email, and send to GM.