Media Technologies: Digital Game Studies
155 | CCN: 31270 | 31271
*This course will be taught via Remote-Synchronous instruction.
Lecture: MW 3:30-5pm; Screening: M 5-7pm
This class offers a broad introduction to the phenomenon of video games, focusing primarily on U.S. histories and cultural practices. We will investigate the relationship between play and games, learn how to analyze and practice basic game design principals, examine current events around issues of race, gender and inclusivity in the contemporary game scene, study cultural practices such as modding, speed running, and streaming, and come to better understand the stakes of growing practices in e-sports and global game economies. In short, this course will transform the simple everyday pleasures of games into something new, complex, and unfamiliar.