Jun 25, 2018  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

MEDIA 36300 - Concepts in Gaming


This analytical seminar examines gaming through the study of the history of games, the role of narrative and language in games, game structures, interaction paradigms, rule-creation, and theories of play. It familiarizes students with important approaches to games and play developed by both the art world and popular culture during the 19th and 20th, centuries. Students will be encouraged to play with these approaches in their written assignments. Each week we read, discuss, and study games to explore possibilities of gaming elements within media arts, artistic practice, and performance. A game is itself a language, and it is this language we seek to understand. This course explores all kinds of games, from artists’ games to common children’s games. Students examine historical and contemporary artist’s projects, including dance, installation, computer games, and performance, as well as look at the game as a tool for abstraction, storytelling, and activism.
prereq: Media 18000, one other Media analytical course, or instructor permission. MEDIA 28000 recommended.
3 hrs.
3 cr.