I am going to create a game about my epilepsy/pain that is exploratory and expressive. I have a dim vision of what I want the game to be. I will use this blog to brainstorm as I move forward.
I will also use this blog to think out loud about my brain’s big glitch.
I am basing Brainrot: The Game on my Dramaton Interactive Narrative System. The ups and downs of the various aspects of my health and life makes Dramaton a good choice for this game, which I’ll discuss in a future post here.
I will continue my “normal” Walden 3.0 blog to satisfy the public with the lurid details of my life.
Jan 1, 2009 is an auspicious kickoff date for the blog and game. Because of my disability I just decided that I can no longer be the main programmer and producer for ChipWits. I am starting to recruit replacements.
It’s hard to let go. I love to program. But programming triggers my symptoms and twice (in 1988 and 1997) I became disabled for years after intense programming projects. I can’t risk that again so I have to back off on my programming.
I can work on Brainrot: The Game because it will have no customers. I take my players seriously and when I couldn’t do a good job supporting ChipWits I knew I had to step aside.
I will use the development of BRG (Brainrot: The Game) as a way of understanding my illness better. I constantly try to be as productive and happy as possible within the constraints of my limitations. By analyzing those constraints I will build an interactive system to help me better understand how to live.
BRG will also let me express to others what I live with. I will explore graphic effects to convey the pain I live with. Not fun stuff but I hope it’s cathartic.
I will try to keep my code general so other people with atypical brains can use simple Dramaton scripts to build their own games to better understand and express their challenge.
While I work on BRG I will be improving my Dramaton code. I am starting with a Dramaton interpreter written in ActionScript 3.0 for the GODinabox project.
For my first task I am taking picture of myself. I’ve set up a green screen in the kitchen and tonight I will pose and click.
The picture at the top of this blog is from one of the many times I got hooked up to an EEG machine to measure my seizures. Lots of tiny wires glued to my scalp.
When they remove the electrodes some EEG techs give you little packets of mayonaise to get the flakes of glue out of your hair. Mayonaise feels strangely good rubbed into itchy scalp that has been unshampooed for days.