Archive for May, 2012

Visual Novels as educational tools

I had never heard of a visual novel before I went hunting for a virtual reality client in which I could build a basic adventure game for language learning.  Sidetracks happen, and so now there is the absolutely unapproved, unofficial and surely unfit for public consumption Wikipedia Quiz, written solely to get me acquainted with Ren’Py, a visual novel engine written in Python. It’s pretty slick actually, building bundles for Windoze, MacOS *and* Linux. Oh, bear in mind, I have no graphics abilities whatsoever, so I had to steal all the visual content. Thank goodness for open content, right? Anyways, go check out the engine and maybe build yourself a few quizzes. Let me know how it goes!

It’s May 2012 and hell must be freezing over

There’s no other logical explanation why I would try for the 5th or 6th time to start a regular blog.  Well, there is one:  I need a place to scribble down random musings about free software, open content, free access to information, and collaborative content creation and learning.  So far all my scribbling has been in IRC, which isn’t a very durable medium.  We’ll see how this pans out.  No promises though…