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Noetic: A Prototype Xbox Game

Imagine a world in which you are valued for who you are—that is, the way your mind works—not how you look, how much money you make or even how many dragons or enemy hordes you can kill. This is the idea driving the design of the Noetic, which loosely means “of the mind or intellect.” A person’s individual attributes, in categories based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, are assessed, rewarded, made visible to others and then evolve with the game play. The game is set in a world being built just as ours has run its course. The gameplay requires that players initially succeed in mini-games that define their strengths and begin to reveal their cognitive profiles. These are based on playing drums, driving vehicles and solving logic puzzles, etc. From there, they are allowed to form teams to escape the decaying city of Genera to build their own new world. The game is currently being developed for PCs and Xbox.

Noetic Trailer from ircumbc on Vimeo.

Developed in the IRC, the prototype was unveiled at the Serious Games Summit, part of the Game Developers Conference in Feb., 2008. The IRC is now seeking funding and strategic partners to take the game to the next phase. Visual Arts students, Beatrice Tirado, Yann-Pablo Corminboeuf, and Katie Better joined the team to give a visual design to the game.

Production Notes

Project Director: Lee Boot
Game Design: Lee Boot, Shane Lynch, Eric Smallwood, Dan Bailey, Katie Better, Beatriz Tirado, Yann-Pablo Corminboeuf
Technical Director: Eric Smallwood
Programming: Shane Lynch
UMBC Interns: Katie Better, Yann-Pablo Corminboeuf, Dan Reese, James Fox Taggert, Beatriz Tirado, Helen Zhang
This IRC interdisciplinary collaboration is being supported in part by funds from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.