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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.

Course Curriculum

  • In-class Writing Exercise: Definition of Games Unlimited
  • Narratology & Ludology Group Exercise Unlimited
  • In-class Analysis of Difference and Diversity Unlimited

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