What are some of the differences y'all notice between the experiences of The Martian as an app rather than a movie?
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Some possible questions for you to consider; feel free to write about your own take on the differences, too.
Interactivity: is the app engaging in a way the movie isn't? Or, is the movie engaging through other methods that are more effective for you? Experience: which medium (app or movie) is more engrossing for you? Why? Sensory engagement: Does the app engage you in some way through sensory detail that the movie can't? Character: Do you feel more engaged as a team member trying to save Mark in the app? Or as a viewer of Mark's day-to-day life with the movie?
And take the poll above, too! Which version do you prefer so far: App or Movie?
The difference between the movie and the application is that its more interactive than the movie itself. Your NASA responding to mark, getting to choose between a couple different answers which will determine the next sequence of actions that Mark will perform. The app still follows the story of the Martian, mainly focusing on the garden(at least at the point I have to far gotten to) that Mark has created each response you choose will determine marks survival. Its a lot more engaging than the movie in the fact that sometimes you have to look up answers on google that you may not know the answer to, taking it a step farther that just selecting an answer. For me, I still like watching the movie more and prefer that overall. Getting that visual experience and seeing the picture its more satisfying. Making the decision is more stressful for me, making it less enjoyable.
Some of the differences between the movie and application are that the movie does not give me an opportunity to choose a path for a character, while the application does, through a series of two choices that can either help or hurt the character. The movie also gives you a visual of the situation, whereas the app is more of a question and answer sequence. In terms of interactivity, the app is more appealing to me as it gives me control over Mark's actions. For experience, I enjoy the movie more, it is a more entertaining and humorous option, in my opinion. The app engages in terms of touch, which the movie cannot. I feel more engaged with the movie, where I just view Mark's decisions instead of having to make a decision. Although it is cool to have control over what happens with Mark in the game, it is cool to have such a strong visual aid, and really immerses me in the movie. Overall, there are benefits to both the app and the movie, although I definitely prefer the movie.
The major differences between the app and the movie are significant. The movie is engaging through the audio and visual aspects whereas in the video game, you are able to engage with the character directly and answer his questions determining his fate. Although you are able to interact, the movie is more pleasing to the eye because it tells a story through a visual sense but in the game he is just telling you what he experienced. His journey seems almost second hand in the game because instead of seeing his difficulties in real time, he is only telling you what happened and in this, you are not getting vivid details just the quick short version. Seeing actual scientist and chemist helping Mark seems like the ideal option because it was so easy for me to accidentally kill mark. I was a fan of the movie because it allowed us to, sadly, not physically engage with mark, but visually empathize with the struggles that he experienced in space.
Both The Martian app and film are engaging in their own ways. The app is certainly more interactive, but the film allows the audience to better appreciate the plot and visual elements of the story. The app, though story-driven, allows less chance for appreciation of the plot, as the player is too busy stressing over making the right decision (at least, this was the case for me). Additionally, since the app is text-based, there is little visual content beyond the occasional picture attachment from "NASA." It is fun and satisfying to [successfully] play the app, but very stressful when you become part of the life-threatening situations depicted in the film. Though I feel more involved playing the app, I think I still prefer the film, simply because it is less emotionally straining, and there is more time and opportunity to analyze various parts of the story. The app may just be a game, but the way the story presents itself feels very real. However, I wonder if this is perhaps only because I have seen the film and have prior familiarity with the character(s) involved.
As I was playing the app I felt like I was missing out on a lot of potential for a good game. Although it was fun to be able to decide the actions for Mark, I felt as though the actions themselves did not matter. I felt this way because even if I had killed Mark, I just had to restart the game and go through the same path up until I got to where I was and then choose the other option. Along with that I felt like even when Mark died it didn't trigger any response from me because it just said it didn't work and to start over, no visuals to make it dramatic or any reason for me to care besides I would have to go through the now tedious process of getting back to where I was before. The movie is engaging and suspenseful, being able to make me wonder what will happen next and curious to see if what Mark does will work or not. Although I do not get to decide what Mark does it is satisfying to watch and see what he goes through with great visuals and being able to hear what is happening.
The app and the movie are quite different from each other. The app offers a small degree of interactivity, with the player picking between two choices, with a nebulous bad result hanging over our heads if we're wrong. This isn't to say that this interactivity isn't successful. I did feel satisfied when I chose the right choices in the app, and the conversation with Mark, while limited, was still interesting. I'll give the app credit, the dialogue was amusing. In comparison, the movie only offers interactivity in terms of personal engagement for each viewer. This low interactivity is helped by the level of sensory engagement, however. Here, the movie has the clear advantage. The app only offers text and view screens, while the movie offers, well, a movie. The eyes and ears are both engaged, a superior combination to the bleeps and bloops and blue screens of the app. We can see Mark struggle in the movie, hear him fight and snark as though we were next to him.
All in all, though the app was by no means bad, it doesn't really compare with the movie. It just doesn't have enough depth or detail to make it stand out on its own, and the interactivity it offers is offset by the movie's superior sensory engagement and smaller psychic distance.
The difference between the app and the movies is that the app is more interactive than the movie. The app gives us many choices and each choice has We have to follow the linear story when we watch the movie. The app still follow the story of the movie but the audiences have more control and interact during the time they play. I like watching the movie better because the movie brings different emotions when the app just simply play the game. The movies show us more visual effect that the app cannot display. The story is more detail when it is delivered by the movie. In the app, we play as Mark so it only tells us how Mark survived on Mars. The app gives us a different look at the story. Overall, both the app and the movie delivered the story in a different way but I still prefer watching the movie.
Interactivity as shown by in the game is different than the movie because it allows an audience to make a decision that will affect the path of the story. We can use subjects, verbs, and objects to make the game tell a story through interactivity. We can use actions that are interactive to have the outcome we desire. The app is also different because it has a different type of stimulus and response than a movie. In the app you have to think about what the best choice is based off of what you know. Navigation in the app was only possible by clicking on buttons, while in the movie we don’t have to touch anything after getting started because it is a constant movie picture motion. The game experiences communication between one character and another which is the same as the movie, but what happens in those depend on us when in the app. I find the movie slow paced and the game more interactive, therefore, I would say that I enjoy the app better. Since the movie is so slow paced, I would not want to watch it because I’d have to sit there for the whole duration of the time while not being interested. With the app I can move at my own pace and I can exit and reopen it without disrupting the story.
Something that really struck me about playing the video game as opposed to watching the movie was the feeling I got when I received a new notification from Mark. While I could leave class and completely forget about Mark and his predicament in the movie, I felt throughout the day the need to check my phone for new messages from Mark. Every time I did I could feel myself imagining my character at NASA and just enjoying that process. But even so I think my engagement in the app taps into my sense of responsibility and duty while the movie I am riveted by it emotionally but only when I’m watching it or talking about it in detail. So while my engagement and interactions are high for the game, the movie still presents visuals, with music and details, that make it easier to be emotionally involved. I can see the stakes whereas I just read about them in the game. I can’t really decide which is my favorite but I guess if I have too I’d say the movie.
I found the movie to be more entertaining than the app. I not a big fan of these types of games. I tend to gravitate toward more of the visable looking types of media, this app is pretty much the same page. The movie is has more pictures. The app lets you make decisions unlike the movie making it more interactive but I am not a fan of this option. I rather watch than be apart of the mission.
I definitely found the movie to be far more entertaining and emotional than the app. I have never played a game like this and after playing it now, I don’t think I ever would have even known it existed without this assignment. It was very dull and although it was interactive, it didn’t interest me or keep my attention as much as the movie. With the game although you could tell he was depressed about being stranded, it was difficult to actually know how he was feeling without being able to hear the tone of his voice. The movie was far more engaging for me, with the combination of music and being able to hear everyone’s tone of voice, it ,made it a lot more emotional and kept me entertained. It was also interesting because you could watch him throughout everything and see his reactions. Overall I definitely liked the movie a lot more.
Post by Krishna O'Brien on Jan 17, 2018 17:55:55 GMT
The major difference was that the movie was much more dazzling and emotionally filled, while in comparison the game felt kind of boring. I had no clue that games like this even existed, and if it wasn't for this class, I probably would have never even found it. The game was boring, and failed to catch my attention in the same way the movie accomplished. The movie was so amazing because all of the cool sound effects and nice music.