Class TA Kristina Drzaic (center) and students Kenny Peng (left) and Clara Rhee (right) examine a game for the Nintendo DS system. (Photo by Dr. Alice Robison.)
This course features a comprehensive list of readings
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of commercial videogames as texts, examining their cultural, educational, and social functions in contemporary settings. Students play and analyze videogames while examining debates surrounding how games function within socially situated contexts. Readings include contemporary game theory (Gee, Squire, Steinkuehler, Jenkins, Klopfer, Zimmerman and Salen, Juul, Bartle, Taylor, Aarseth) and the completion of a contemporary commercial videogame chosen in consultation with the instructor.
Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm, .mp3, and .mpeg.