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NANY 2011 Release: "VeggieSquares" - Children's Game
« on: September 02, 2010, 04:46:04 PM »
    NANY 2011 Entry Information

    Application Name"VeggieSquares"
    Version Pre-Release 0.9.3.5
    Short Description A "game" that will train children(?) about the simplicity of planning a small vegetable garden.
    Development IDE LiveCode
    Supported OSes Vista(32) and Windows 7(64) at present
    Download Link  >>----> VeggieSquaresPreRelease.zip  <----<<  Download here!
    System Requirements
    • A PC running Windows Vista(32) or Win7(64) for now.
    • Monitor capable of 1024 x 768.
    • A Mouse, TrackPad or TrackBall
    Version History
    Click to Read Version History...
    • 0.9.3.9 (2011-02-16)
      • Transparent minor changes.
      • Made available via Twitter.
    .
    • 0.9.3.5 (2011-01-08c)
      • Corrected numerous spelling errors.
      • Added credits for the invaluable assistance of "A. Nonymous."
    .
    • 0.9.3.3 (2011-01-08b)
      • Removed nag screens.
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    • 0.9.3.0 (2011-01-08)
      • Migrated code to LiveCode with assistance.
      • Added simple animation
      • Reduced zip file to a single exec.
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    • 0.6.0.0 (2010-12-31)
      • NOTE: Due to a corruption of the program data, the project had to be rebuilt and due to the time constraints, drastically simplified.  Further development will be for a later time.
      • The idea of making caricatures of the "Veggies" as animated entities was scrubbed.  There will be no "talking" between "Veggies."
      • The various cafe, corral, etc. background bitmaps was scrubbed in favor of allowing the visualization and the reinforcement of the simplicity of "four-square" gardening.
      • The name "VeggieWorld" was changed to "VeggieSquares" to emphasize the simplicity of the method this software introduces.
      • "Turnip" and "squash" was eliminated.  "Peppers," "Onions," "Beans" and "Lettuce" were all added, but unfortunately, only one instance of each Veggie is available at present.
    .
    • 0.0.1.2 (2010-12-23)
      • Tomato, Turnip and Squash "Veggie" graphics have been completed.
      • Creation and compilation of compatibilities/incompatibilities is well under way.
      • The "Veggie Bin" (area where the "Veggies" are "stored") to the "Four-Square" garden area are now laid out correctly.
      • Basic function of the drag-and-drop is now working.
      • Collision detection works, but the comment "thought cloud" object only flashes and disappears.
    Author"CodeTRUCKER,"
    Important Contributors
    Click To Read About Some Very Important People...
    The following individuals deserve recognition for their part in various aspects of "VeggieSquares."  Some earlier folks helped frame a clearer focus on the author's original vision, weeding out traps and pitfalls while adding ideas for improvement.  Some picked up where the initial contributors left off adding their own indelible mark.  Lastly, some people were there at the end when it was time to bring the project together.  Without this last group, all of the planning, consultation and criticisms would have not realized a tangible outcome.

    The Pioneers
    This early group of folks helped to frame the genesis of the project.


    Mouser
    What else can I say?  Without our "Reigning Router of Rodentia" none of us would even have a chance to share our coding capabilities.  I owe a special "Thank you!" for help, understanding and extra effort behind the scenes that allowed me to be included in NANY 2011!

    Perry Mowbray
    A tireless visionary who was able to "see" what NANY could be and ran with it.  He took the hand of our beloved annual NANY event and guided it to a new level of organization, participation and fun!
    BriansdadI'm honored his entire participation at DC was on my "VeggieWorld" "VeggieSquares" thread.  I hope he'll come back and get more of DC!
    tomosAnyone who has been on DC for any reasonable length of time has been touched by this member's own brand of participation and encouragement.  Thanks, tomos, for adding your touch again!

    daddydave
    Thank you for helping me see pitfalls *and* provoking a necessary change in the direction of this project.  Your comments changed the destiny of "VeggieWorld" to "VeggieSquares" forever.

    The Second Wave
    These contributors are usually the ones who came in a little later or have lurked about the goings-ons until the time was ripe to comment.  This group did (and often does) change the direction of a project.  Contributions at this stage of the development can not be overstated.
     
    Stoic JokerThank you for your willingness to "tell it like you see it."  Your insights never fail to sharpen my focus.  Thanks also for your encouragement and vote of confidence that I could tackle C++ if I wanted to.  FYI - "Fences" is still alive.  It's just simmerin'.

    insomnianiac
    In combination with the comments of daddydave above, your insights provoked the change from where "VeggieWorld" was to where "VeggieSquares" is and will be in the future.  Your contribution was certainly not "daft."
    vlastimilEnthusiasm in an "audience" will always have an effect on the "performer."  I hope the enthusiasm you expressed for my efforts has been well rewarded in "VeggieSquares?"  Remember to keep an eye out for further additions and improvements.

    The Cavalry
    "Sound the Bugle!  Here comes the Cavalry!"  
    This collection of contributors are the ones that "push you over the top!"  They inspire and require an unspoken contract from an author/developer to bring the project to reality which compels one to go ahead and give it everything it takes!  Without these folks, "VeggieSquares" would not be a real piece of usable software.  Thanks, for the boost!


    A. Nonymous
    The initial usable executable is a collaboration between myself and an individual who has required me to keep the identity anonymous.  A sincere thanks goes to "A. Nonymous" for assistance!  Without it, this project would never have been to this level of function and completeness by now.  :Thmbsup:

    kyrathaba
    Thank you for your encouragement and enthusiasm for the C#.NET language and your C# tutorials on your web site.  While I didn't choose C#.NET as my language of choice, what I learned from your tutorials and encouragements allowed me to sort out the choices which ultimately helped me to decide on LiveCode as the language that "fits" me!.

    worstje
    As "The Gent with the White Hat" it is very fitting you came to the rescue as one of the "Good Guys!" Your post brought hope from an eleventh-hour disaster.  Had you not posted, "VeggieSquares" might have lain dormant.  Thank you so much for this contribution!

    The Unsung Heroes
    Any project is always the product of collaboration.  Even if the author/developer has no apparent assistance, what is eventually produced is the result of numerous contributors.  New ideas, features overall structure is often changed by what an author hears and sees from these "others."  These are the true "Unsung Heroes" of success.  These are the anonymous ones (past, present and future) whose seemingly insignificant comments to others provoked chains of inspiration that were eventually expressed as, "...did you ever think about doing...." and "...are you sure you want to include that....?"  Without them, we authors would continually produce dull, dry boring stuff.  With them our embryonic notions gestate, form and grow into something of substance.  This throng may be unknown, but they certainly are not unnecessary.  The sheer numbers of these "contributors" prevent any reasonable effort to list them, so I would like to take this opportunity to say a collective, "Thank you!"

    The Public Hosts
    These are the people that have adopted "VeggieSquares" and publicized it on their own web sites.  Thank you for your vote of confidence in seeing "VeggieSquares" as an asset!

    dedideThank you for posting "VeggieSquares" on your Ballarat Community Garden web site and your willingness to participate in future development.


    Description
    First off, "VeggieWorld" will always be a freebie!  The reason is one of the most fundamental needs of human existence is to eat and to eat the food the food has to come from the local grocery store, right?  Well, not really.  
    Click For A Rationale...
    The local grocery store is only the place to "store" food to be collected.  Yes, everyone knows this, but when was the last time you thought of a bird with beautifully multicolored feathers, bright red combs and wattles when you placed the bag of frozen leg quarters in the cart?  When you bought the last box of frozen mixed vegetables that the little orange cubes of carrot provoked an image of a narrow cone-shaped orange colored object with a green top?  My point is that our society has systematically removed our connection to the fundamental source of staying alive.  

    Gardening is not taught in our schools at all unless one is fortunate enough to be educated in the country schools that still have 4-H programs and thriving FFA clubs, but even these are beginning to direct toward agri-business.  The most surprising aspect of this is in the event of a national emergency it would be the ability of the populace to sustain itself that would allow the government to be able to act to overcome the emergency.  In WWII it was the "Victory Gardens," small patches of dirt in backyards, that allowed necessary food to be sent to the troops that were in other countries.  Ask yourself what you would have done if the Y2K hype had really materialized?  Scary, no?

    Which would you plant next to a tomato?  An onion or potato?  If you said "potato" you would have doomed the potato to infestations of spider mites and the tomato to an attack of fungus.  If you said a "onion" you would have given the tomato a head start because the pungency of the onion deters the bugs that would attack the tomato.  Why? Because, just like people, the botanical world has "folks" that get along and others that don't.  In light of my brief exposition, to understand this is of some importance.


    In light of the above I intend to create a interactive drag-and-drop game (tool?) for children of all ages to passively learn about the interrelationships that exist between vegetables and their organic environment.  As the child "pairs" the different vegetables and other aspects of the flora the program's response will passively instruct and reinforce knowledge of some do's and don'ts in gardening.  

    It is my hope that children will be encouraged to experiment with "growing things" by eliminating one of the major contributors to garden failure... planting the wrong plants together.

    DC_Mockup30110108.pngNANY 2011 Release: "VeggieSquares"  - Children's Game

    Features
    • The child(?) will click on sprites of all applicable vegetables the sidebar on to a background garden plot.
    • The "Veggies" are dragged as desired.
    • Perhaps, if time allows, the child would be able to print out either/both a report or picture of the screen scene, hopefully to assist the child in garden planning.
    • Again, if time allows, the triggering of appropriate sounds and sound effects.

    Planned Features
    My NANY app will be a simplistic and fun interface for the underlying logic and database.  As my understanding and programming skills develop I intend to continue development by adding features to this app without any end in sight.  I am very excited to be able to influence the lives of children in a positive and helpful way.  This app will probably be my favorite all-time project!  

    Aside from the above, it would be my plan to further develop the coding base and other companion apps to market to the more serious-minded gardening enthusiast.

    Usage
    Installation
    None.  Simply extract and execute the single program file.

    Using the Application

    The user must be able to follow simple instructions, open the app and drag-and-drop.  Basic Windows functional abilities.

    Uninstallation
    Delete the executable.

    Known Issues
    Completion of the splash screen, print capability and hep files needs completion, but it is presently usable and stable.


    If this is something you would like to help with, please send them to me in a Personal Message (Click the icon on the left under my avatar.)   I thought it would better than littering this thread them, but maybe it might provoke others to come up with some really good ones?

    Thanks for your help!

     FYI - "VeggieSquares" will always be a freebie!  Gardening is one of the most enjoyable and long-term fulfilling activities I have known.  I started in 1984 with a tomato plant in one five-gallon plastic bucket and a bell pepper plant in another.  I did such a good job growing them that they were both stolen off our porch.   :)  I took it as a compliment and hoped they enjoyed the harvest!

    Attention: If anyone who is fluent in foreign language would be interested in making a non-English version, I would be happy to discuss it.  Children everywhere should know how to grow things!
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    « Last Edit: February 16, 2011, 08:22:00 PM by CodeTRUCKER »

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 11:50:28 PM »
    sounds fun.

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 02:42:29 AM »
    An interesting spin-off from this would be a garden designer... I often forget what was where in our slightly haphazard rotation scheme  ;)

    My wife is good with kids... I'll see if I can get her into the NANY spirit  :)

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2010, 02:49:13 AM »
    An interesting spin-off from this would be a garden designer... I often forget what was where in our slightly haphazard rotation scheme  ;)
    That is my vision for the "professional" non-animated version, but depending on how the architecture of the VeggieWorld(?) goes, it would be a logical next step.

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    Yippee! 

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 03:08:05 AM »
    An interesting spin-off from this would be a garden designer... I often forget what was where in our slightly haphazard rotation scheme  ;)
    That is my vision for the "professional" non-animated version, but depending on how the architecture of the VeggieWorld(?) goes, it would be a logical next step.

    I'd definitely be interested in that!  :Thmbsup:

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #5 on: September 20, 2010, 12:03:40 PM »
    Could you be more specific on what you mean by "I need hundreds of short phrases I can populate the "balloon" responses from the vegetables." Maybe some examples?

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #6 on: September 20, 2010, 12:48:50 PM »
    Could you be more specific on what you mean by "I need hundreds of short phrases I can populate the "balloon" responses from the vegetables." Maybe some examples?
    Thanks for your interest.  I made some changes to the "Help!" above, but here is what I added...

    There are three types of phrases...
    • (Veggie A likes Veggie B) "Ah! It's nice to be near you!" or "I like being close to you!"
    • (Veggie A is indifferent (neutral) to Veggie B)  "<Yawn> Oh, it's you." or "You planning on hanging around a while?"
    • (Veggie A dislikes Veggie B)  "Would you mind moving somewhere else, please?" or "I don't think I like being around you." or "Being near you makes me uncomfortable."

    As you can tell, I'm not real creative (nor fun) with these.  That's why I need the help.  :-[

    Since not all vegetables benefit from companion planting I am trying to convey relationships (beneficial, neutral or antagonistic) in human terms, the benefit/detriment between one vegetable being planted in proximity to another.   I need a lot of phrases to express the feelings one "person" (Veggie) might have for the other if he/she was happy to be near the other, doesn't really care or was unhappy to be near the other.   If I have a lot of phrases, graphics and sounds, the child shouldn't get bored too easily and might learn some important gardening wisdom by osmosis.

    Hope that helps?

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #7 on: September 20, 2010, 04:09:05 PM »
    This could be fun. I'll see what I can come up with and ask a few friends too.

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #8 on: September 20, 2010, 04:27:51 PM »
    This could be fun. I'll see what I can come up with and ask a few friends too.

    Bill
    Thanks a bunch!  I intend to get 100 of each.  This will let me use the hundredths of a second for randomization.  No sense making it more difficult than necessary. 

    FYI - the target age is +/- 8 years old. 

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #9 on: September 20, 2010, 04:28:36 PM »
    What's the target age group? "FYI - the target age is +/- 8 years old"


    Smell could be important - I dont know can plants smell (?)
    but how about:

    Ooooohh! you smell nice :-)
    or
    YEEEeeeuuuaaaahhh  SMELLLLL BAAAADDDD  :-D

    It's tempting to give them adult characteristics (I dont mean anything risque) but dont know would this be interesting for kids (depending on the age group).

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 04:38:56 PM »
    Do you really need hundreds of these?

    I'm just concerned that these 8 year olds will start spouting veggie epithets at the dinner table and committing veggie hate crimes.

    - Signed
    - A concerned Daddy

    EDIT: Also, the kids games I've seen just use a handful of stock phrases. I tend to think repetition is part of what makes it fun for them, and I'm not sure they would appreciate all the effort going into avoiding it, as an adult would.

    By the way, this would be educational for some adults as well, those of us without "green thumbs".
    If bad things happen to other people, it's karma. If bad things happen to me, it's kismat!
    « Last Edit: September 20, 2010, 04:43:05 PM by daddydave »

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 04:50:34 PM »
    What's the target age group? "FYI - the target age is +/- 8 years old"


    Smell could be important - I dont know can plants smell (?)
    but how about:

    Ooooohh! you smell nice :-)
    or
    YEEEeeeuuuaaaahhh  SMELLLLL BAAAADDDD  :-D

    It's tempting to give them adult characteristics (I dont mean anything risque) but dont know would this be interesting for kids (depending on the age group).


    I think "smell" could be explored.  There is nothing wrong with "You smell nice,"but "You stink!"  Well, you get the picture. 

    Children are very impressionable and if a few thought some uncomplimentary comment was "cool" it might not be the best.  This is why I have sought help.  It is a delicate (but not un-doable) subject.  Thanks for your sensitivity.

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #12 on: September 20, 2010, 04:53:54 PM »
    It is a delicate (but not un-doable) subject

    Exactly what I was trying to say. You don't want the kids at the dinner table looking at their plate of broccoli and saying "Youuuu stinkkk!" to the chagrin of their parents.

    This is hard, I'm not very creative at this kind of thing either.
    If bad things happen to other people, it's karma. If bad things happen to me, it's kismat!

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #13 on: September 20, 2010, 04:56:05 PM »
    What about veggies running (or slinking) away from each other, or giving each other hugs and high fives? You might can come up with a few cool animations.
    If bad things happen to other people, it's karma. If bad things happen to me, it's kismat!

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #14 on: September 20, 2010, 05:04:00 PM »
    Do you really need hundreds of these?
    I have eight children and the thing that bored them the most growing up was figuring out what happened next.  Maybe 100 might be too much, but I would rather pare down in the final stages rather than ramp up.

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    I'm just concerned that these 8 year olds will start spouting veggie epithets at the dinner table and committing veggie hate crimes.

    - Signed
    - A concerned Daddy
    With eight of my own, I understand; in fact, I will use them heavily coming up with phrases too!  Dave, your concern is exactly what has been my guiding directive.  Knowing this, I hope to provide beneficial "epithets."

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    EDIT: Also, the kids games I've seen just use a handful of stock phrases. I tend to think repetition is part of what makes it fun for them, and I'm not sure they would appreciate all the effort going into avoiding it, as an adult would.
    Funny you should bring this up.  I was recently in the store looking for a gift for my children and noticed all the board games I played (and got bored with) growing up.  It dawned on me that game manufacturers really don't want children to be satisfied with one or two games.  The marketing folks want the children to get bored so they will bug their parents to buy another.  Kind of like, built-in obsolescence.  What do you think?

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    By the way, this would be educational for some adults as well, those of us without "green thumbs".
    ;)

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #15 on: September 20, 2010, 05:09:29 PM »
    What about veggies running (or slinking) away from each other, or giving each other hugs and high fives? You might can come up with a few cool animations.
    Sounds fun!  Unfortunately, this is beyond my coding abilities, at present.  I never had a need to learn the graphics part.  I have a vision for the facial expressions, but that will be swapping one bitmap for another.  Maybe in a year or two.

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #16 on: September 23, 2010, 02:44:15 PM »
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    Exactly what I was trying to say. You don't want the kids at the dinner table looking at their plate of broccoli and saying "Youuuu stinkkk!" to the chagrin of their parents.

    This is hard, I'm not very creative at this kind of thing either.

    I have been giving some thought to this and I really do not think it will be possible to avoid it with even the most gentle "I don't like being next to you" type verbiage.  I have an idea.

    Dave (and others), how would you feel about your child using VeggieWorld if the antagonistic response was silent?  Making Veggie "A" move to somewhere else, if Veggie "B" was an incompatible?  A simple explanation in the "Instructions" would read something like, "... If you drag VeggiePea next to VeggieOnion on the screen (which is not compatible) VeggiPea will move away from VeggieOnion...." 
    How would that work?

    This would negate adding negative diction, but still get the point across that it is not a good idea to plant peas and onions together.  It would reduce the phrase workload by a third.  We would only have to target neutral and complimentary diction.

    Opinions?

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: VeggieWorld(?) - Children's Game
    « Reply #17 on: September 23, 2010, 03:10:54 PM »
    Makes for a bit of a stilted reality I think. There are polite ways of saying no, and one must remember to view the comments in a childs context...not an adults (keeps stuff way simpler). Remember Bugs Bunny as a child? ...Notice what Ya missed when watching it years later? Hm... Was anybody shocked/offended/damaged for life? ...Nope.

    How about keeping the negative & positive on topic/related to the nature/why the incompatibility. One needs more water and the other says "Eek! I'll drown..." ...And if both need much water "Yeah! Lets go swimming!" Now the "epithets" become part of the training.
    « Last Edit: September 23, 2010, 03:14:00 PM by Stoic Joker »

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #18 on: September 27, 2010, 03:21:02 PM »
    Hiya SJ!, glad you could drop by...  :)

    Makes for a bit of a stilted reality
    ...

    "Stilted reality?"  Nah, I don't think so and here is why (maybe this is just semantics?).  I see reality in life as someone is living.  They eat, drink, sleep, etc.  Given this, is "murder" a reality?  Not in my book.  I see "murder" as an aberration of the reality of living.  They no longer , eat, drink, sleep, etc.  I hold that reality is the authentic; therefore, any aberration of the authentic is not reality.  It is a counterfeit.  Consider these scenarios...

    • The FBI Counterfeit Division trains their agents differently than what most people would expect.  During the entire duration of training they are never shown any counterfeit notes, only the real legal tender.  Why?  If one becomes very intimate with a reality, the aberration jumps out like a sore thumb.  The agents do not recognize a counterfeit "Benjamin" because they have studied all the bogus bills.  They recognize them because the counterfeit notes display an aberration from the true reality of what the bill is supposed to look like.
    • Music is another example.  If a 300-piece symphony orchestra plays a piece, each correct note is the reality, but every sour note is an aberration to that reality, and one does not require a Masters in Music to identify the mistake.  The"clinkers" are noticed, not because we have been trained to recognize all the possible mistakes (even if that were possible), but because it is an aberration of our authentic expectation.
    • Lastly, I have raised my children by focusing on what is good, for instance, relationships.  I taught my daughters the positive characteristics of what a beau should possess (the reality).  Disagreeable traits (the counterfeit) are then automatically recognized as being aberrant to the standard.  Like I said, it may be just semantics, but has worked in my world. 

    It is only in a world laden with greedy litigates which has caused (trained) our society to enumerate the negative.

    So, how does this relate to "VeggieWorld?"  The reality of VeggieWorld is to train children(?) to recognize beneficial or at least, neutral relationships between vegetables.  It is not my place to teach them good or bad habits of living.  That is the parent's responsibility.  I need to make sure I do not teach any aberrations.  There is no need to teach children aberrations in the botanical reality of "VeggieWorld" since it will be automatic.  The message of "I don't like you" will come across, especially if (1) the directions specify no response indicates antagonism or (2) the Onion moves away from the Pea when the pea is dropped beside the onion.  I see no need to express the negative except in passivity and within the parameters you expressed below. 

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    ...and one must remember to view the comments in a childs context...not an adults (keeps stuff way simpler).

    Good advice.  I am glad I have some small children to help me out with this.

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    Remember Bugs Bunny as a child? ...Notice what Ya missed when watching it years later? Hm... Was anybody shocked/offended/damaged for life? ...Nope.

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    Sorry, I can't just give you that, not because you are "wrong," but because we don't really know.  No empirical data exists to substantiate your claim.  SJ, I'd love to pursue this offline!  Contact me.  This relates to the "fence." [private joke]
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    How about keeping the negative & positive on topic/related to the nature/why the incompatibility. One needs more water and the other says "Eek! I'll drown..." ...And if both need much water "Yeah! Lets go swimming!" Now the "epithets" become part of the training.

    This is worth the price of admission alone!  Excellent observation. :Thmbsup: 

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #19 on: November 24, 2010, 04:23:26 PM »
    Here's some fun...

    I have been  :wallbash: trying to get this infernal contraption (my app) to work!  I feel like I'm starting at "square 1."  In a conversation with one of my children asking "How ya doin', Dad?"  I replied my frustrations with this program are provoking me.  He responded back with, Well, I hope you can get your dendrons and "morons," or what ever they're called, all in line."

    Ha! maybe that's what my hurdle is, in a diabolical plot my axons have been replaced by "morons!  :tease:
     

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #20 on: December 12, 2010, 02:03:41 AM »

    Hello :)

    Not sure if this helps but, if people are worried that children might form negative views of vegetables based on any negative reactions in the game (by which I mean the "I'm not happy you're here" responses), would it not be possible to turn it round a bit?

    So that, rather than being annoyed &/or not very friendly because they don't get on, the vegetable (or whatever they are put next to) could react because they are concerned for the newcomer's well being and suggest they move for their sake?

    Not sure that's very clear but I was thinking something like:  "large roots run in my family I'm afraid and I wouldn't want to squash you" or "It's ok here for a carrot* like me but wouldn't you be happier in the sun?" (for example)

    Ok, sounds a bit daft now I've written it down - and it's probably way too wordy - but hopefully you get the general idea :)

    Anyway, I also wanted to say that I love the idea, and I love that you want to include as many different phrases as possible - believe me, if my daughter is anything to go by, children do not appreciate hearing the same response over and over again when playing a game. In fact, there's nothing more annoying.

    I mean, when the response indicates they need to rethink something, it becomes aggravating and patronising and, when they get something right and they just hear the same thing time and again it isn't a very satisfying reward!

    Lastly then, I think allowing them to use their own backgrounds is an excellent idea - as is the ability to print something - anything - to show for their efforts. Children (and grown ups) love anything they can customise and make their own somehow - and the printing would add a bigger sense of achievement and something to aim for which would keep them interested on a level where it doesn't just feel like learning.

    (if that makes any sense :))

    All just my opinions of course but hth anyway :D

    Take care

    g.x


    *please note that I am not exactly great at gardening so I may have chosen completely the wrong type of vegetable for this example - see, I need to play the game myself :)



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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #21 on: December 14, 2010, 05:40:09 AM »
    I really like this NANY project.  :-* I have been thinking about doing something like this (a game that is not waste of time) myself, but never got the right idea. I hope you manage to finish it and your game spreads like fire!

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #22 on: December 23, 2010, 10:18:29 AM »

    Hello :)

    Not sure if this helps but, if people are worried that children might form negative views of vegetables based on any negative reactions in the game (by which I mean the "I'm not happy you're here" responses), would it not be possible to turn it round a bit?

    So that, rather than being annoyed &/or not very friendly because they don't get on, the vegetable (or whatever they are put next to) could react because they are concerned for the newcomer's well being and suggest they move for their sake?

    Not sure that's very clear but I was thinking something like:  "large roots run in my family I'm afraid and I wouldn't want to squash you" or "It's ok here for a carrot* like me but wouldn't you be happier in the sun?" (for example)

    Ok, sounds a bit daft now I've written it down - and it's probably way too wordy - but hopefully you get the general idea :)

    Hi insomnianiac ... actually, this doesn't sound daft to me at all; on the contrary, your comment has caused me to change my tack altogether.  I especially like the instructive nature of "suggesting" a Veggie would be "more comfortable" elsewhere.

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    Anyway, I also wanted to say that I love the idea, and I love that you want to include as many different phrases as possible - believe me, if my daughter is anything to go by, children do not appreciate hearing the same response over and over again when playing a game. In fact, there's nothing more annoying.

    I mean, when the response indicates they need to rethink something, it becomes aggravating and patronizing and, when they get something right and they just hear the same thing time and again it isn't a very satisfying reward!

    This has also been my experience.  Fortunately, I have a pretty good resource in my own children to populate this database, but feel free to add to it here.  It might provoke other responses too.


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    Lastly then, I think allowing them to use their own backgrounds is an excellent idea - as is the ability to print something - anything - to show for their efforts. Children (and grown ups) love anything they can customize and make their own somehow - and the printing would add a bigger sense of achievement and something to aim for which would keep them interested on a level where it doesn't just feel like learning.

    (if that makes any sense :))

    All just my opinions of course but hth anyway :D

    Take care

    g.x


    *please note that I am not exactly great at gardening so I may have chosen completely the wrong type of vegetable for this example - see, I need to play the game myself :)



    I'm not at that stage yet, but it appears the ability to print the window should be included.  We'll see.

    Thanks for your input!

    ~ CT

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #23 on: December 23, 2010, 10:21:42 AM »
    I really like this NANY project.  :-* I have been thinking about doing something like this (a game that is not waste of time) myself, but never got the right idea. I hope you manage to finish it and your game spreads like fire!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence!  I'm not that great of a coder, but I am a pretty good "idea man."  After the NANY is done, I'll be happy to discuss your ideas for some games via PM, if you would like?

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    Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: "VeggieWorld" - Children's Game
    « Reply #24 on: December 23, 2010, 04:33:25 PM »
    Here is a peek.  More to come.

    VeggieWorld 0_0_1_2 Scan.pngNANY 2011 Release: "VeggieSquares"  - Children's Game