Trying to be a ‘Beta’ Flash Gamer

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I’ve found it hard to gain engagement on TikTok as flash games are very niche (and obviously less popular than big platforms like Steam games and consoles like PlayStation). While most interactions have been likes or unrelated comments, I’ve had a couple of comments saying certain flash games brought back memories and were useful. I concluded that one form of content which may be useful to create for future is directing people to places that they can play HTML5 converted and emulated flash games.

TikTok’s and comments taken from my TikTok account @flashgamenostalgia

My analytical framework is helping to develop my understanding and analysis of flash games, history, and nostalgia. My concept of technology has been useful looking into the creation of Adobe flash, which I’ve gone into more depth on in my previous blog post. Articles from Flash Game History (n.d.) and The Atlantic (2014) highlight Adobe flash’s ease of use for beginner game designers, leading to the beginning of indie game design. My concept of genre is helping me look at how the limitations of flash led to certain genres being created (Jono, 2020), which I can observe on my TikTok and see which genres are most popular. Reading an article by Heineman (2014) has aided in my understanding of the feeling of nostalgia itself and its relation to retro gaming culture.

Visualisation of my analytical framework

Lots of fun facts from this research are being used for scripts for educational content for my DA.

I’m enjoying creating content for this Digital Artefact at the moment and am going to try to continue creating entertaining daily content with some educational videos a couple of days each week, looking at interactions from both styles of content.

My Digital Artefact project plan for the remaining weeks of the semester.

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14 Replies to “Trying to be a ‘Beta’ Flash Gamer”

  1. Hi Bonnie,
    I absolutely love your DA and it’s clear that you’ve refined your analytical framework and clearly explained how it applies to your DA through well-conducted research, I love to see the old games I use to play in school being utilized today. I too am using TikTok for my DA and think your niche has the capability to be very successful. Some advice I suggest is using viral TikTok sounds and filters as this boasts your video in the algorithm as TikTok prefers videos that use their ‘tools’. This should boost your views and enable people to discover your TikTok, with the uniqueness of your DA I believe if you obtained exposure you would ‘blow up’.

    Overall your DA is very engaging and I am keen to see where it leads in the future.

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  2. Hey Bonnie,

    Sorry I’m late to the party, I needed an extension.

    Your DA seems to be doing really well, you have a very well formed prototype with plenty of content. I’m sorry that you didn’t receive very helpful feedback from either the audience or your pitch, but sometimes no news is good news. Plus the tiktok algorithm is the absolute worst so don’t worry too much about it.

    A good idea moving forward may be to focus on quality rather than quantity, as you now have an established profile of content that viewers can scroll through, now you just need to play the algorithm game to trick the system and really see what gets views (like looking at videos that do well with no hashtags, they just get good views because of the sounds or filters used.

    It’s clear you truly understand your analytical framework and how you have and will be applying it to your DA, and you have shown clearly that you’ve done the research. My final critique would be that you are wasting your time and word count by repeating what you have already said in the pitch and the contextual blog. The word count isn’t much and using it to repeat your video is a waste that could be used elsewhere. If you are repeating because there is nothing else to be said, then your video may need to be less formal and analytical, and slightly more conversational.

    All in all, your DA is doing great. Try not to worry about the audience engagement too much, you’ll just give yourself a headache.

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  3. Hi Bonnie! I absolutely loved your digital artefact idea and have just checked out your videos on TikTok too! Your beta presentation was engaging the whole way – comprising of humour and a nice flow, a general audience member would be intrigued by this video. TikTok can definitely be tricky in terms of gaining traction, as you suggested, mixing things up will definitely be beneficial to you – perhaps you could also post more videos utilising trending sounds. However, I think TikTok is the best platform for you in sharing these bite-sized content pieces – I think your aesthetic in both your beta video and the digital artefact itself is fantastic! I would have liked to see some examples of possibly other gamers or ‘gaming accounts’ that you have discovered on TikTok to see what they are doing and how they have gained traction, though this is something you may be looking into in the future. I have seen you share starter packs for various topics on your Twitter, I think that creating some starter packs and making videos of them for TikTok would be cool to see! Overall, I think you’re off to a great start, with some things that could use tweaking – but this is definitely a unique take within the game media industries and I am excited to see your future content!

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  4. Hi Bonnie,
    I really like your work and how you are constantly posting videos on Tiktok. For my DA I have also opted for tik tok as my main platform. The video you have posted is really engaging and I like that little diss you gave about the emojis. Really cheers up the mood around here while doing an assignment. Anyway, I have seen that Tik Tok has high potential in making videos going viral and I think you have tried to participate in many trends while at it. One thing which help me a lot while using Tik Tok for my DA is that I used a trending song in one of my videos which boomed my viewers drastically. As such if you could do the same it would be amazing for your page.
    Finally, I think you have your work sorted out very well and if you follow your schedule you will be right on track to completing your DA on time.
    I am just letting this link be here: https://filmdaft.com/12-tips-on-how-to-make-a-video-go-viral-on-tiktok/
    as this really helped me boom my viewers greatly and since you are using the same platform it will surely be of help to you as well.
    Cheers!

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  5. Hey Bonnie!

    I love your digital artefact and the approach as you’ve appropriately chosen tiktok as the main platform for exploring the topic of flash games and the nostalgia that comes from it. As everyones surely aware by know that anyone that uses tiktok, certain things are favourable in developing engagement and encouraging a participatory framework from strangers. In regards to tiktoks algorithm, it definitely favours content creators who are able to consistently post content at a high/fast rate, which is great to see that you’ve picked up on and altered your posting schedule to 1-2 posts a day, which I’m sure will help with your engagement issues so great job!

    You’ve additionally included analytical frameworks which I believe are appropriate devices to analyse your given digital artefact. Using nostalgia, genre and technology have assisted in highlighting both your process and evaluation of the flash games and carry significance into the platform of choice too, being tiktok. Although this link I’ve provided may not be academic in nature, it definitely provides a great foundation and possible talking points to highlight within a video you present within your DA! The article presents how flash games shaped the modern internet, and delivers interesting perspectives between parties of giant tech companies and the eventual decline of flash games. Overall your beta and DA looks so awesome and I’m really excited to see where it goes!

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/11/how-flash-games-shaped-the-internet/383136/

    If you could also please check out my BETA video and provide some feedback too that would be great, thanks again!

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  6. Hey Bonnie!

    I love your digital artefact and the approach as you’ve appropriately chosen tiktok as the main platform for exploring the topic of flash games and the nostalgia that comes from it. As everyones surely aware by know that anyone that uses tiktok, certain things are favourable in developing engagement and encouraging a participatory framework from strangers. In regards to tiktoks algorithm, it definitely favours content creators who are able to consistently post content at a high/fast rate, which is great to see that you’ve picked up on and altered your posting schedule to 1-2 posts a day, which I’m sure will help with your engagement issues so great job!

    You’ve additionally included analytical frameworks which I believe are appropriate devices to analyse your given digital artefact. Using nostalgia, genre and technology have assisted in highlighting both your process and evaluation of the flash games and carry significance into the platform of choice too, being tiktok. Although this link I’ve provided may not be academic in nature, it definitely provides a great foundation and possible talking points to highlight within a video you present within your DA! The article presents how flash games shaped the modern internet, and delivers interesting perspectives between parties of giant tech companies and the eventual decline of flash games. Overall your beta and DA looks so awesome and I’m really excited to see where it goes!

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/11/how-flash-games-shaped-the-internet/383136/

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! I’ve actually already looked at that article and used it in my previous blog post haha. I’ve found it useful so far, so I’m glad it was recommended and I’m on the right track by using some more popular sources.

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  7. Hi Bonnie,

    I really liked your Beta video, it was engaging and made me laugh (maybe a little too much with the emojis). While some may make it look easy Tiktok is a hard platform to gain interaction & engagement. I have had videos get 0 interaction/views and others get over 20k interaction/views, the algorithm is just selective. Like you have suggested already in your video I think changing up your TikTok will help you gain interaction. There is a TikTok account I follow called @cynthiaisdead and she has a couple of videos on flash games that I think are in the style you are wanting to create. She create a few videos on where to find flash games and I think she would be good to look at for some ideas/inspiration.

    You have a really solid analytical framework that I think fits perfectly with your overall DA. I like how you explained them in your video as at the beginning I didn’t know what you meant by genre. I’m glad you have put in a project plan it helps to be able to see what & when you are uploading and researching flash games. It’s short and to the point. I found this article which I think would give you another perspective on flash games its called “Growing old on Newgrounds: The hopes and quandaries of Flash game preservation” you can find it on the UOW Library. This article talks about how individuals have reflected on flash games (more so had a sense of nostalgia) and are actively trying to preserve them. I will leave the link below if you would like to check it out.

    https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/10306 or UOW Library

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback and useful suggestions! I totally forgot about looking at the UOW library, and that article looks really useful, I’ll have to have a look at it. Thanks!

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