SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 006 Video Games as/and Popular Culture
Term: FA 2016
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
35.00
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the medium of video games as a cultural form in its own right and as a component of popular culture in general. The first half of the class will explore video games as historical, aesthetic, industrial, and cultural objects. By playing a variety of games and placing them within their historical and cultural contexts, we will develop analytical tools for understanding video games as a specific form of popular culture. In the second half of the class, we will use these tools to look at how the iconography and logics of gaming intersect with popular literature, film, and television. We will analyze the convergence of media industries as well as the supposed "gamification" of popular media in order to consider how and why video games function as a central part of the contemporary media landscape. As part of our inquiry, we will pay close attention to how various audiences engage with games and gaming culture throughout the entirety of the course.

Possible objects of analysis include (but are not limited to): Portal, Cibele, Undertale, Her Story, Kentucky Route Zero, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Pokémon, Candy Crush, The Last of Us, Bioshock, Quantum Break, the Final Fantasy series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Ready Player One, You, Hardcore Henry, Snowpiercer, Community, The Guild, Defiance, and South Park.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

No background in gaming is required.

Class Format:

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SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
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