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ICS 131: Social Analysis of Computerization Lecture 17: Computer Games Are there any questions? Key Idea Games are becoming an important entertainment medium and cultural artifact. Games as Entertainment Medium Competing with movies, books, television, theater, musical concerts, etc.

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key idea
Key Idea
  • Games are becoming an important entertainment medium and cultural artifact.
games as entertainment medium
Games as Entertainment Medium
  • Competing with movies, books, television, theater, musical concerts, etc.
history
History
  • Various predecessors, 1880s-1950s
  • Spacewar, 1961
  • First Arcade Video Game, 1971
  • Pong, 1972
  • Atari, 1977
  • Pac-Man, 1980
  • Doom, 1993
platforms
Platforms
  • PC Games
  • Console Games
  • Handheld Games
  • Single Player
  • Networked
  • Heterogeneous
genres
Genres
  • FPS
  • Third person adventure
  • RPG
  • Puzzle
  • Sim
  • Others?
game productions
Game Productions
  • Programmers
  • Modelers
  • Animators
  • Game Designers
  • Marketers
  • Managers
  • Sound Designers
  • Others?
game production process
Game Production Process
  • Hybrid of animated film and software engineering processes
  • Describe each
casual games
Casual Games
  • Benefits
  • Limitations
mobile games
Mobile Games
  • Benefits
  • Limitations
ducheneaut reading
Ducheneaut Reading
  • World of Warcraft
  • What are its characteristics?
operant conditioning
Operant Conditioning
  • How does this factor in?
what do games tell us about us culture
What Do Games Tell Us About US Culture?
  • What games do you play?
  • What does this say about people in the US?
  • How does it compare to movies?
what do games tell us about other cultures
What Do Games Tell Us About Other Cultures?
  • Non-US games?
  • Differences from US games?
what do games tell us about the interactions between cultures
What Do Games Tell Us About the Interactions Between Cultures?
  • Games that cross cultures?
  • How do people from different cultures interact in the games?
topic for debate
Topic for Debate
  • Do violent computer games lead to real world violence?
  • Let’s make a list of arguments for and against
games for change
Games for Change
  • Conference
  • Examples?
  • Panel
topic for debate19
Topic for Debate
  • I think navigation and social skills will be the two most important parts of game AI’s in 20 years. Please list five other capabilities that game AI’s will have in 20 years, and describe the impact that each of these capabilities will have on the kinds of games.
today s gamers are
Today’s gamers are...

…come on down front!

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Collaborative AI
  • Predictive modeling
  • Responsive environment
  • Reasonable unpredictability
  • Physical interfaces to Ais
  • Help you find other people
  • Remember past experience
  • Artificial Marketers
  • Emotions
  • Learning strategies
  • Deal with unpredictable people
  • Natural language recognition
  • Moving across networks
  • Diversity in Ais
  • Imitation
  • Content creation
  • Ability to evaluate players
  • Emotion recognition
  • Communal planning