Read local news and get invited to hangout with people who like reading similar stuff
web app link
Functionality deployed in MVP:
- access app via official hi5 url, but only my current city of Troy,NY is live
- code system (playcanvas) communicates with no-code system (bubble)
- gameplay involves earning points by clicking on cat or physically shaking phone (if using mobile browser)
- points are used to participate in local news articles
- choose branching narrative choices for articles (provides data for compatibility model)
- write comments about the articles (admin manually sends letter to other users who might be compatible)
- update landing page
- start social meetup group for Troy / Albany to start acquiring first users
- reach out to local university professors who might be open to letting me run a pilot user group with their students in exchange for me giving a talk on using no-code tech stack
- find journalism experts to provide advice for sourcing interesting local stories
Thoughts on this update:
- Finally finished integrating my game with a no-code wrapper; overall I'd use this tech stack again because Bubble plays nicely with stuff that can be embedded into iframe through postMessage logic.
- I ultimately chose PlayCanvas over Unity because PC publishes into really small file formats (my final game was ~2mb vs unity games that are typically >30mb), so the webgl game runs nicely on web browser. Unfortunately the learning curve was immense because PC has limited tutorials & community engagement relative to other game engines.
- The gameplay is...weak (I'll be the first to admit), so after several failed attempts at creating games I admitted to myself that game development is an art that requires subject matter expertise. TBD on partnering with game developer. Despite the weak gameplay, I think the idea of using "gameplay" might be an interesting alternative to the typical "endless scroll" / facebook/twitter designs commonly used today.
- I also like the implementation of the "interactive story" for news; it chunks an article into bite-size pieces, and provides interesting analytics for which parts of a story appeal to a particular user segment.
Tech stack used:
- Bubble: 2d interfaces, database, account management