I chose to play two Metadata games: Zentag and Stupid Robot.
I really wanted to try out Guess What, but there was no partner online for me to play with whenever I tried to play. It seems like a very interesting “Pictonary-esque” game that would be very fun to play, and helpful to gather the most accurate metadata.
This Metadata game involves viewing an image, and describing what it is and what’s in it by tagging the photo with words or phrases.
I really enjoyed this game and did feel quite “zen” after a few times playing through it. I enjoyed the variety of images; I was given a political cartoon, a book full of coloured designs, and drawn images documenting some historical event, to name a few. It is interesting to see what words your mind thinks of first and the connotations the images bring, and even more so, to see what words and phrases matched (or didn’t match) the tags others submitted before.
In this game, the data is the photo being shown to us. The metadata are the words and phrases we input about the photo. In my experience with this game, the metadata was descriptive about the content of the photo being shown rather than the technical qualities like resolution, file size, author, etc. This is because there is no way for us users to know those technicalities, unless we were the ones who submitted that content.
I had a few difficulties finding ways to describe some of the photos, as there wasn’t enough context for me to fully understand what I was looking at. There was one image shown of a photograph in a book that depicted a unique landscape of some kind. The image in the book had no text or other identifying items and was a blurred and poor quality. Because of this I ultimately had to pass this image. I think the lack of context for these images can be helpful as well as problematic. In my case it was problematic as I had no information to add to the metadata being collected. In other cases the lack of context is helpful because it narrows the users view to find the most accurate description of that specific image being shown.
Stupid Robot is a game in which the user looks at an image and inputs words of different lengths (4 to 10 letters) to help the “Stupid Robot” learn more about the image.
This wasn’t my favourite game as I got a bit frustrated with the limits in length of words I could submit. Most of the time I could come up with three letter words, but they would not be registered as there is a four letter limit. I also came up with a fancy twelve letter word, but the “robot” can only understand words of ten letters or less. Other times I would come up with a few words of the same length, but those words wouldn’t be registered because I already found a word that fit that length spot.
While I understand that the goal of this game is to get as many different results as possible, I think it limits the metadata that could be acquired because of those limitations. Some images are simply of a “map” of a “cat taking a “nap”. *Not a real image I came across, just an exaggerated example*
This game is similar to Zentag, in that it shows an image (the data) and we tag it with words that accurately describe it and it’s contents. Stupid Robot is much more specific because of the letter limitations, but the way this metadata is acquired is the same.