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Game Analysis

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, the game analysis does not require you to do extensive research (i.e., it’s not a research paper). So think about the kinds of questions you might ask in conducting literary interpretation:

  • What is the deeper meaning conveyed by the text/game? (e.g. is PacMan about consumerism?)
  • What feelings or thoughts is it trying to evoke? (e.g. What is BioShock Infinite saying about racism?)
  • What devices or mechanisms are used? (How do the cut scenes in Assassins Creed 3 depict Native Americans?)

You could think about this assignment as writing another chapter in Bogost’s book. Our next book, Alex Galloway’s Gaming will provide some additional examples of game analysis.


About Alex Reid

Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department at the University at Buffalo


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