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.