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Reminders, 3/19/12. Quiz on Wednesday on Unit 3: Art and Alternative Games (all readings from 3/5 to 3/21) Paper #3 deadline pushed back to Monday, 3/26 Don’t forget to write at least one comment on a classmate’s paper on the blog!

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Reminders 3 19 12

Reminders, 3/19/12

  • Quiz on Wednesday on Unit 3: Art and Alternative Games (all readings from 3/5 to 3/21)

  • Paper #3 deadline pushed back to Monday, 3/26

  • Don’t forget to write at least one comment on a classmate’s paper on the blog!

  • No lab this week—look for email with homework (“serious games” and questions for Bogost)


Reminders part ii

Reminders, Part II

  • Ian Bogost will visit class next Wednesday, 3/28—readings and presentations rescheduled

  • Ian Bogost talk next Wednesday at 4 pm—publicize and attend

  • Final project proposal due next Friday, 3/30 (pushed back 2 days)—critical paper of 8-10 pages or creative project (no length requirement) with 3-4 page analytical essay

  • Indie Game: The Movie tomorrow night

  • Video game tournament???


Casual games throwaways

Casual games: Throwaways?

  • Less complicated controls/gameplay

  • Require less commitment, less time to learn and to play

  • “easy to learn, hard to master”

  • Modest cost, easy to purchase

  • Short game sessions

  • Yet significant total playtime

  • High commitment over time?


What does casual mean

What does “Casual” mean?

  • Bogost suggests “informality” rather than simplicity

  • Regular engagement, habitual

  • Indifference?

  • Spontaneity?

  • Fleeting?


Casual games kitsch

Casual games: Kitsch?

  • Art for the masses

  • Borrowed conventions, repurposed for popular appeal

  • Cliché?

  • Nostalgia and idealism?

  • Overt sentimentality?

  • Apple Season, Diner Dash, FarmVille

  • Puritanism, American Dream, pastoralism


The end of gamers

The End of “Gamers”?

  • Video games are not special anymore

  • Process of familiarization, losing their edge and excitement

  • Indie games?


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