BALI, December 17, 2013 (Jakarta Post): Computer engineering students introduced various unique, fun games themed on Balinese traditions during the Denpasar Technology, Information and Communication (DTIK) Festival held from Dec. 12 to 15. In the city's first IT festival, held in Taman Kota, they exhibited their unique creations to teach gamers about local culture, including how to make canang (simple religious offerings) and to learn about Balinese classic masks and folklore.
I Made Lanang Nugraha from Ganesha University of Education created an interactive application about Balinese classic masks using touch screen technology. Lanang, currently in his last semester, developed an Android-based application of augmented reality to make Balinese classic masks more familiar to gamers in a more attractive way than reading books.
Meanwhile, students from Udayana University's engineering faculty exhibited simple games they developed this year on how to make canang, as well as others involving folklore. Children and adults will find it easy to play the canang game. They will be challenged to arrange the canang elements appropriately, based on the concepts of the gods, for example, where to put the red flowers and in which direction it should face.
Some Balinese culture-based applications are now available for free download. A tutorial video and audio to learn Balinese language can be downloaded at BasaBali.org. People can also download D'kala, a game about the ogoh-ogoh giant effigies and the philosophy behind them.