I had the opportunity to produce a podcast about a game that mattered a lot to me while I was younger.
I didn’t really know what game I wanted to do my podcast episode on at first. In order to create an intellectual podcast that I thought my professor and classmates would enjoy, I figured it would need to be about a game that has a clear deeper meaning. Then I remembered one game that nobody had mentioned, and I didn’t think anybody else would think of off the top of their head. I use to love playing the game Fireboy and Watergirl. This game doesn’t immediately strike one as “life-changing,” but I knew that one of the things I wanted to talk about in my episode coincided with one of the key learning outcomes from this course.
I’ve touched on this before, but if collaboration is a skill we are supposed to be honing in on as freshmen in college, our foundational skills from this concept must have come from somewhere. I think I learned a plethora of collaboration and communication skills while playing the game Fireboy and Watergirl growing up. As I was developing ideas for my podcast, I knew this was something I wanted to touch on. After discussing it with my professor and Assistant Producer, I decided I wanted to focus on other cognitive skills this game helped young children develop, gender roles in the game, and its intended audience and accessibility.
I carefully worked out a script that was even able to incorporate a bit of a personal story from George that I felt would help reach out to our audience. Unfortunately, we were not physically able to get together to record our episode because of the global pandemic. Since most of our peers settled on recording a zoom call, that is what we tried first. However, I was not happy with the quality of the audio at all partly due to the fact someone had spotty internet connection and words would get unknowingly gargled.
I then tried to download audacity only to find that it didn’t seem to be compatible with Catalina on the Mac OS. I was able to get the application, but the files wouldn’t import, so I needed to get creative. I have strong experience with iMovie and have even crafted projects that rely on heavily edited audio. I also knew that iMovie has an option to export only audio so even if I put in a video file, it wouldn’t matter for my final project. I rerecorded all of my parts with voice memos on my iPhone and loved the quality that came out from that. When George did the same, I was finally able to get the ball rolling on the podcast editing and adding in music was not a big issue at all.
The most important lesson I learned from creating a podcast involved improving my rhetorical composition. In writing a podcast, it should sound intellectual, engaging, and pleasing to listen to. I had to get creative and find dialogue that easily flowed together. This was by far one of my favorite projects in college.