Just a note that a new version of this class begins in July 2015. Find more Info here.
I can see several of you are busy getting in your final research blog posts and otherwise wrapping up on the class activity. I hope that you have found the course enjoyable, instructive, and perhaps even useful to you as part of your educational journey. I know an online course can be a strange experience. … Continue reading
Please remember that your final research paper must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday. You should post your papers here and email them to me.
As we move toward the end of course, it is time for some summative thoughts. I suppose one of my real dislikes about English and the humanities in general is our tendency to make summary judgments about issues. It is an odd contradiction of sorts. On the one hand, we are more than willingly, perhaps … Continue reading
Throughout the novel it seems pretty clear cut that Aech is a white male. Then, we discover he’s an African-American young women, traveling in an old RV after being kicked out of her mother’s house for being a lesbian. Huge surprise, of course. Aech and Wade had bonded so well and to me, the language … Continue reading
For the final book in our course, I selected a work of science fiction. I did this for several reasons. You should be hip deep in your own research projects right now, so I didn’t think you would benefit from another dense academic text. I suspected (rightly) that many of you would be a little … Continue reading
“Begin like this: If photographs are images, and films are moving images, then video games are actions.” Galloway opens his series of essays by emphasizing this fundamental difference between video games and other forms of media. I say, “It seems quite clear video games form a new medium.” Here’s a related example. The Albright Knox … Continue reading
In “Allegories of Control,” Galloway introduces us to Gilles Deleuze‘s concept of the control society. With this concept, Deleuze seeks to account for a shift in the way that ideological and political power operates in the contemporary world. Deleuze’s work builds on that of his contemporary, Michel Foucault, who had identified the emergence of an … Continue reading
i would like to start this response by saying that these series of essay by Alexander Galloway is very technical and a bit difficult to follow. Nevertheless, I do find them enjoyably complex and informative. One of the essays I found very interesting was chapter 2 ‘ Origins of the first person shooter.’ In this chapter, Galloway … Continue reading
For a while we have been talking about video games and what makes them realistic and what does not. While it is true that many video games can be pretty realistic, there is a difference between that and realism. Galloway asks the question,” Is social realism even possible in the medium of the video game?” … Continue reading
Gaming is the last academic book we will read for this course (Ready Player One is a novel). It is a short but challenging book. Perhaps the most theoretical/philosophical of those we have read in this class. If McGonigal’s book focused on psychology and Nardi’s book focuses on sociology, the Galloway’s focuses on the functionality of … Continue reading
This week begins the second half of our course and our research project. As noted in the syllabus there is a research blogging activity. For this activity you will post 10 times (in addition to your regular participation). How is a “research blog post” different from a regular one? You must post in the “games … Continue reading
Due Date: 6/28 Requirements 2000-word minimum/ 3000-word minimum (optional) 5 cited sources, at least 2 must be scholarly (from an academic journal or book n.b. you have the option of producing something other than the traditional research essay (e.g. a video, a slidecast, or other multimedia project). Please send me an email describing what you’d … Continue reading
Due Date: 6/21 Requirements: 1000-word minimum Note: This is an optional assignment that you may complete in partial fulfillment of the A or B contract. Where the review is a common, journalistic genre, the game analysis is an academic style essay that is analogous to the close reading of a literary text. As with close readings, … Continue reading
Due Date: 6/21 Note: This is an optional assignment that you can complete in partial fulfillment of the A or B contracts. If you are not familiar with the style and format of game reviews, I suggest that you take a look at the following sites. http://www.gameinformer.com/reviews.aspx http://www.gamespot.com/reviews.html http://www.ign.com/games/reviews Here are a few salient features of video … Continue reading