A couple weeks ago, I took a passive role as the line producer for my group. This time around, I took initiation as the Executive Producer. When I was thinking of which game to study on, I looked at the gaming categories on the largest gaming platform, Twitch, as the viewer counts give an idea on which mainstream games are the most played. As expected, the most concurrently viewed game was League of Legends. Scanning through the other games, I saw a game called Valorant. I had heard of Valorant before; I knew that it was released only 6 months ago and that it was a blend of Overwatch and Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, both games that I had previously played before. I downloaded the conveniently free game and tried it out. It had the same mechanics as CS:GO and the different agents had unique abilities like Overwatch. I played a couple games and got hooked. Transferring my knowledge from Overwatch and CS:GO, I was able to adapt to Valorant pretty quickly.
My primary goal for the podcast episode was to explain Valorant in a way that would be easy to understand for the typical non-gamer. Valorant isn’t a complex game; it doesn’t have a steep learning curve unlike League of Legends. Valorant, however, has several components to the game which made it slightly difficult to explain the game in just a short explanatory paragraph. The biggest challenge our group faced was analyzing the game. After all, Valorant is just an FPS game. When our group met up with Professor Morgen for a progress check, we were able to write about Valorant that was more than just describing the game. In the end, I was extremely satisfied with the final product. I don’t think we would have done anything differently with a time extension or under different circumstances. Our group performed well together; I am thankful to my group that they were responsive whenever I needed feedback or when it was time to record. Making the podcast was a unique and fun experience. I was able to achieve the learning outcome “summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others as you undertake scholarly inquiry in order produce your own arguments”. By connecting ideas to novels like Jane McGonical’s Superbetter, my group was able to talk more than the basics; we were able to scrutinize the game and find The Underlying Lessons in Valorant (episode title). Overall, I am super proud with the outcome of the episode. Also, I am happy that I thought of recording the podcast via individual home recordings rather than a Zoom group meeting recording because the quality also turned out pretty great.