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  • Results from Game Design Challenge: Take This Job and Play It

    - Danny Cowan

  • João Gabriel Guedes Pinheiro, Student of Game Design in Univali, Brazil, Graphotechnical Analyst

    My choice of career is the Graphotechnical Analyst. For those who never asked themselves what it is, the answer is simple: This professional analyzes and compares signatures, for example, and determines if it's authentic or not. Or maybe the signature is authentic, but the document is false. What's really important is the material you get. You may, of course, do the analysis using previous documents, but the best would be if the Analyst could be with the supposed author during the process of collecting the signatures.

    So, that's the game. I divided it in a few steps. First of all, you have the most basic stage of it, and that is collecting the signatures. Is really important that the author feels nice and confortable, but it's also important to see how he writes if nervous, after all, who knows how "he" signed that document? And what if he is trying to write better than usually? So you control the flux of the process. Let's say that, in the beginning, you decide to have a friendly-approach. When you have, let's say, 10 signatures, you change to a provocative-approach, and the signature change a little bit.

    The next part, of course, is the analysis itself. You can choose a lot of items to help you. For example, without any accessory, you may compare the strength of the hand - Some people could write putting extra-force in the pen, and some may put almost no force at all.  With an microscope, however, you may be able to see small details, or even if there was any pause during the writing. If you choose a microscope with ultraviolet lights, you may see the color of the tint, for example.

    So, you discovered it. The signature is a fake one. In the few cases, to add more spice to the game, you may receive an offer. Say that the signature is true, and you will receive money. If you don't, nothing will happen. Otherwise, you received extra-money. It's also on that stage, the "Writing the Technical Report". In that stage, you select a few options to describe the process and your discoveries. If the judge is pleased, that's the end. You receive a little note describing how everything went.

    But what if you didn't? If you fail you must go to the court, as an expert, and explain the process, answering to the lawyers. You must decide how to answer it, paying attention to little details, like "Did you know that John Doe lost part of the movements of his hand days before the original signature?" That's a fictional example on how you could fail if you didn't get samples before the signature, to be able to compare it with the supposed one and the most recent. After all, if you write in certain way, lose part of your hands movement, and continues to write in the original way, something is wrong.


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