Syllabus: Games & Culture

“This course examines the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of digital games. Topics include the socio-technical aspects of digital gaming, embodiment and space, communities, spectatorship and performance, gender, race, sexuality, e-sports and sports games, and the politics and economics of production processes, including co-creation and intellectual property.” – Syllabus [PDF]

Games and Journalism Podcast

“As a journalist covering games since 2001, Chaplin has seen a lot of changes in the industry and among game academics. In this talk she will give an overview of the most important and interesting trends, including emerging thinking on ideas about game literacies and the acceptance of games as facilitators of transformative experiences.” – Comparative Media Studies, MIT

Indie Game: The Movie

“Indie Game: The Movie is the first feature documentary film about making video games. It looks specifically at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their visions with the world.” – Indie Game: The Movie

The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture

So, I co-wrote an essay entitled “Your Humanity is In Another Castle” with @femfreq for the book “The State of Play”: http://t.co/PX0cpOYO11 — Katherine Cross (@Quinnae_Moon) March 25, 2015   @Quinnae_Moon @femfreq I am so pumped about this! Hello dissertation fodder! 😀 this would be a great @gamestudies101 ! #gamestudies101 — Emma Vossen (@emmahvossen) March…

Ludonarrative Dissonance

“About a year ago, I praised Ian Bogost’s critique of Bully and lamented the unfortunate lack of game criticism, as distinct from game reviews. Roughly speaking, we could say game criticism is for game developers and professionals who want to think about the nature of games and what they mean. Game reviews are for the…

Man, Play and Games

“According to Roger Caillois, play is ‘an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money.’ In spite of this–or because of it–play constitutes an essential element of human social and spiritual development. In this classic study, Caillois defines play as a free and voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life…”

A Dictionary of Video Game Theory

Curator: Steve Wilcox Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.

Developer’s Dilemma

“Rank-and-file game developers bring videogames from concept to product, and yet their work is almost invisible, hidden behind the famous names of publishers, executives, or console manufacturers. In this book, Casey O’Donnell examines the creative collaborative practice of typical game developers. His investigation of why game developers work the way they do sheds light on…

Videogames are a Mess

“So much of videogame studies has been marked by a single question: ‘What is a game?’ “For a while now, our community has understood that “mark” as a curse or a blight—a scourge of formalism that drew, or perhaps still draws, our attention away from more important matters of meaning, reception, and use.” Curator: Michael…