SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Section: 001 Video Games as Culture/Form
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 367.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course examines both mainstream and independent computer and video games as both interactive narrative as well as a shared social platform. Video games are a major entertainment industry as well a technology that presents us with new forms of interactivity and play. We will learn about game aesthetics, genres, and platform and industry history. We will discuss the role of identity in games and will also analyze the debate around video game violence. This is not a fan-based course but a serious intellectual interrogation of the video game medium as an entertainment industry and aesthetic form. No previous experience playing video games is required, but students will be expected to spend at least 2-3 hours a week engaging with gameplay listed on the syllabus in addition to completing the assigned critical readings. It is not the intention of the course to determine what games are best, worst, or personal favorites of course members. We will instead seek to understand the cultural, theoretical, and industrial implications of video games as a major new media form.

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SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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ISBN: 9780415896979
Understanding Video Games : The Essential Introduction., Author: Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen ; Jonas Heide Smith ; Susana Pajares Tosca., Publisher: Routledge 2. ed.
ISBN: 9780262518659
Critical play : radical game design., Publisher: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780307887443
Ready player one, Author: Ernest Cline., Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks 1st paper
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