June 2010 and 2011 AS Video Games Exam Questions

June 2010

Answer the question below with detailed reference to examples from your case study material to support points made in your answer.

What significance does the continuing development of digital media technology have for media institutions and audiences? [50]

Your area of focus is Video games but you may make reference to other areas in your answer.

 

June 2011

Answer the question below with detailed reference to examples from your case study material to support points made in your answer.

“Successful media products depend as much on marketing and distribution to a specific audience as they do upon good production practices.” To what extent would you agree with the statement within the media area you have studied? [50]

Your area of focus is Video games but you may make reference to other areas in your answer.

Work plan for year 2009 (April – May)

Lesson 1 Thursday 23rd

Convergence
  • What is it? See document – Wikipedia article ‘Convergence’
  • Give Sony example [see notes below]
  • Reminder that it is advisable to have 2 case studies in hand: one console and one other.
  • As a class do w/s 10 task 2 and w/s 11 task 1
  • Library research for w/s 10 task 1
  • In pairs do w/s 5 page 2
  • Homework:
  • A) do w/s 12 mobile gaming; fill in on the sheet.
  • B) do w/s 13 choose a console to research its marketing over time; make special mention of what is happening at the moment and what the future holds in store; hand in as notes.

 

Lesson 2 Tuesday 28th

MMORPGs
  • World of warcraft
  • Second life

 

Lessons 3+ 4 Thursday 30th

  • Discussion of spidergram
  • Photocopy of case study 3 pp 74-87
  • Practice timed essay

 

Lesson 5 Thursday May 7th

  • ????
Sony and Convergence notes
  • Computers
  • Cameras and camcorders
  • TV and Home Entertainment
  • MP3 and portable electronics
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Games
Acquisitions
  • CBS Records 1987
  • Columbia Pictures 1989
  • Ericsson 2000
  • Aiwa 2002
  • Konica Minolta’s Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras section 2006
  • Crackle – video sharing platform 2006
Have also jointly ventured with:
  • Michael Jackson
  • Toyota
  • Samsung
Counterstrike
  • See Counterstrike for Kids on YouTube Machinima
  • Wikipedia entry
  • Steampowered.com
  • Arstechnica.com – how ‘Subway’ ads ended up on Counterstrike
  • Counterstrike ad used to combat AIDS
  • Counterstrike to have advertising in it.