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Welcome to U 75105 Playing the Game: The Culture of Digital Games Please take a Module Handbook
Spacewar! 1962 MIT PDP-1 star map not quite first digital game
Why Study Games? 1. Games are Big Business USA: $7 billion in sales in 2005 more than film industry box office industry <40 years old thus worth studying
Why Study Games? 2. Games are a Distinct Cultural Form playing games very different from reading books or watching TV diverse people now play games: average of players = 33 25% gamers >50 38% gamers = women thus worth studying
Why Study Games? 3. Games Tell Us About Human Culture crucial part of human development can tell us about individual development can tell us about human culture & civilization thus worth studying
Why Study Games? 4. Games Theories are Useful game concepts have broad application help us understand other stuff useful for other modules thus worth studying Any Questions?
Module Overview (p. 16) 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. Why Games? Ban These Evil Games Homo Ludens Pleasure, Pain and Play Interaction, Immersion and Identity
Module Overview 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. Unnatural Selection (Research Week) Sex, Lies and Videogames Digital Games and Learning How to Cheat Games of the Future
Module Overview fun and demanding rooms (p. 5): B 1/39 (except Weeks 5 and 11: FG/14)
Module Website (p. 6) http: //www. cyberchimp. co. uk/U 75105/ bibliography downloads free games contact details take a look before next week
Recommended Texts (p. 8) no purchase necessary two recommended texts… www. amazon. co. uk www. abebooks. com
Assessment (pp. 10 -13) two assignments: 50% each Gaming Journal (due Week 6) Essay (due Week 12) Any Questions?
Gaming Journal (p. 9) objective: consider theories we discuss in class in light of your own game playing 1 entry per week for Weeks 1 -5 online: www. blogger. com
Gaming Journal assessment criteria: play read describe apply
Gaming Journal (p. 9) total length = 1500 words due 12. 30 pm Friday 09. 03. 07 (Week 6) grammar & spelling unimportant advice each week do it weekly Any Questions?
Exercise: Define ‘Game’ Brief: In groups of four, compose a one sentence definition of the word ‘game’. In order to make your definition as accurate as possible, try to ensure that it encompasses all activities and artefacts that are usually considered games, and excludes those which are not.
Wittgenstein on Games games don’t all share the same features overlapping similarities e. g. chess = skill, no luck, competitive e. g. lottery = no skill, luck, competitive e. g. frisbee = skill, luck, uncompetitive concept of a ‘game’ is like a rope: made of twisted fibres, with no single thread
Wittgenstein on Games family resemblances members of a family will share some features: eyes, nose, build, temperament, etc but not all concept of a game has blurred edges the meaning is not precise but it is still useful (like a rope)
Wittgenstein on Games so how to understand ‘game’? describe examples we will be examining games by looking at examples objective: not to find a common feature but to work out the family resemblances
Wittgenstein on Games: Summary ‘game’ does not have precise boundaries no single common feature describe examples Wittgenstein not interested in games interested in how words and concepts work all words work like ‘game’ his discussion thus has a wider application Any Questions?
Gaming Journal play some games read what Wittgenstein says describe Wittgenstein’s understanding of ‘game’ apply it to the games you have played Any Questions?
Before Next Week… read the Module Handbook check out the Module Website try the module games: 20 mins each gaming journal: write first entry
Further Reading Spacewar!: Myers (2003, Ch 1); Poole (2000, pp. 15 -18) Why Study Games: Poole (2000, Ch 1); ESA (2006) Defining ‘Game’: Salen & Zimmerman (2004, Ch 2); Juul (2005, pp. 23 -54) Wittgenstein: Wittgenstein (1968, § 66 -71); Saunders (2000)
The Module Games to the Computer Room…
Headphones own: Walkman, i. Pod, etc borrow: HH Computer Services (GLG/08, 488266) borrow: A/V Services (F 1/17, 488382) buy: GL Computer Services (483333)