Week 1 – Introduction: You Must Change Your Game

ImmorTall (2010)

ImmorTall (2010)

Wednesday 9/7

 


Week 2 – Games as Culture

EveryDayTheSameDream-Jump

Every Day the Same Dream (2009)

Monday 9/12

Wednesday 9/14


Week 3 – Rethinking “Games” & “Gameplay”

Dear Esther (2013)

Dear Esther (2012)

Monday 9/19

Wednesday 9/21


Week 4 – Narrativity in Games

gonehome

Gone Home (2013)

Monday 9/26

Wednesday 9/28


Week 5 – Rethinking the Player

papers-please

Papers, Please (2013)

Monday 10/3

Wednesday 10/5


Week 6 – Ludology & Simulation

TheStanleyParable

The Stanley Parable (2011)

Monday 10/10

Wednesday 10/12


Week 7 – The Problem with “Fun”

cartlife

Cart Life (2011)

Monday 10/17

Wednesday 10/19


Week 8 – Games as Expression

Braid (2008)

Braid (2008)

Monday 10/24

Wednesday 10/26


Week 9 – Proceduralism & Anti-Proceduralism

thomaswasalone

Thomas Was Alone (2012)

Monday 10/31

Wednesday 11/2


Week 10 – The Videogame Avant-garde

krz

Kentucky Route Zero (2013)

Monday 11/7

Wednesday 11/9


Week 11 – Social Realism in Games

eidolon

Eidolon (2014)

Monday 11/14

Wednesday 11/16


Week 12 – Games & Technoculture

unmanned

Unmanned (2007)

Monday 11/21

Wednesday 11/23

  • NO CLASS; Thanksgiving Break
  • Play: Undertale

Week 13 – Play & Countergaming

terraria

Terraria (2011)

Monday 11/28

Wednesday 11/30


Week 14 – Critical Gaming

swordandsworcery

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011)

Monday 12/5

  • Game Mod Projects Due
  • Symposium Workshopping
  • Revisit: Readings/Lectures from Weeks 1-13
  • Play: Undertale

Wednesday 12/7

  • Symposium Workshopping
  • Revisit: Readings/Lectures from Weeks 1-13
  • Play: Undertale

Week 15 – Critical Gaming Symposium

welcome1Monday 12/12

  • Symposium, Day 1: Insights in/from Critical Gaming

DUE: Symposium: Prepared Remarks

Wednesday 12/14

  • Symposium, Day 2: The Future of Game Culture

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