Finding a starting point for this project is a struggle due to the wide variety of subject material we can choose from and use; it's all about finding something that 'clicks' with you, something you're interested in. With that said I have found a few topics of interest that I could develop into digital environments for this project.
The Atomic Age
My first idea is to create an environment based on American societal fears of atomic weapons, radiation and warfare during the early years of the Cold War and the reactions and precautions taken against them. So for this I would be researching into the increase in civil defence and precautions such as the 'Duck and Cover' drills carried out in schools, the increase in military presence and the construction and use of fallout shelters.
This idea would adapt upon the growing amount of pollution and its impact on the environment.
Impending Fuel Crisis
This would adapt upon the decrease in fossil fuels and the subsequent aftermath when they run out. I would look at how the world might cope by resorting to other forms of energy, like steam (steampunk world)
Unit 2 Space Extracts
Now I know Phil and Alan both agreed adapting from a project we have already done is pretty much a no-go but I'm going to put this idea up anyway as a sort of last resort incase my other ideas fall flat on their faces. So going back to the second unit of the first year, we were tasked with developing environment concepts from given extracts from various books. However we were each given one book to focus on which means there is the possibility of adapting a digital environment from one of the sources I didn't look at. A few examples are;
- The First Men in the Moon by H.G.Wells
- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
- The Time Machine by H.G.Wells
And so on...