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HOW TO STUDY VIDEO GAMES. Major Themes to be Explored in this Course: Art vs. Industry Narrative vs. Gameplay Sensitivity vs. Insensitivity Fun vs. Analysis Body vs. Machine Authorship vs. Freedom Structure vs. Meaning. WHY STUDY VIDEO GAMES?. Economic value Cultural value

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how to study video games
HOW TO STUDY VIDEO GAMES

Major Themes to be Explored in this Course:

  • Art vs. Industry
  • Narrative vs. Gameplay
  • Sensitivity vs. Insensitivity
  • Fun vs. Analysis
  • Body vs. Machine
  • Authorship vs. Freedom
  • Structure vs. Meaning
why study video games
WHY STUDY VIDEO GAMES?
  • Economic value
  • Cultural value
  • Aesthetic value
  • Educational value
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HOW TO STUDY VIDEO GAMES
  • RULES
    • The structure/form of the game itself
    • Narrative vs. gameplay
      • Narratology vs. ludology
    • Textual analysis/“close reading”
    • Meaning
    • Film studies/literary study
    • Formalist
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HOW TO STUDY VIDEO GAMES
  • PLAY
    • Human experience of the game; the player
    • Ethnography, interviews, observation
    • Player interactions
    • Communication/Sociology
    • Situationist
  • CULTURE
    • Culture of gaming, culture at large
    • Media ecology (multiple uses of games, relation to other cultural objects and practices)
    • Sociology/cultural studies
    • Situationist
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HOW TO STUDY VIDEO GAMES
  • ONTOLOGY
    • Philosophical conception of games and gaming
    • Definition: What is a video game?
    • Relation between video games and other media/art
    • Film studies/philosophy/literature/game design, etc.
    • Formalist
what is a video game
WHAT IS A VIDEO GAME?
  • Graphics
  • Interface
    • Screen, speakers, input devices/controllers
  • Player activity
    • Ergotic (physical)
    • Diegetic activity, nondiegetic activity
  • Algorithm
    • Representation
    • Responses
    • Rules
    • Randomness
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Agenda 1/25/12
  • King of Kong
  • Discuss Presentations
  • Review of last class material
  • Video game theory/What is a video game?
  • Discussion of “Theory By Design”

REMINDERS

  • Please return Video Game Theory Reader 2 and get The Video Game Theory Reader when it arrives in the bookstore (or order online)
  • No lab this week
  • Class cancelled on Monday 1/30
  • Wed 2/1: Discuss Video Game Industry and History, Game Theory