Grades! Delicious grades!
Play this week: at least 2 Facebook games
Game studies and the disciplines
From our readings
Discussion(s): what do we like here? What is
self-evident? Do we want more?
You should either have a Tumblr grade now, or
you will have later today (I got halfway through
transferring from the “real” grade book to the
Niihka one). If you don’t see grades for those
entries later today, email me.
Make sure you’re keeping up! I went soft these
first few weeks.
3. Related to that
I have passed around some handy-dandy 3x5
I want you to take two. Write your name on
each of them. On the back of one, write down
one thing you’d love to discuss in the next three
weeks of class. On the back of the other, write
down the blog entry you’re most interested in
hearing feedback about.
4. Pass them to me
I’m going to use the topics as a guide for what
we read the week-after-next.
The other set of cards, I’m going to send back
out to all of you. For this week, you will be
expected to read the blog of the person whose
card you get (so if you get yourself, let me know
fast). You will then write a response to one of
that person’s entries. This will replace your
“something cool “for this week.
5. Play time…
This week I want you to play a couple
of Facebook games. You can pick
which ones. As you play– at least a half
hour each– think about why people
would enjoy these games.
6. Game Studies
As I mentioned last class, game studies is only
very recently a “thing.” Most of the people–
even now– who write work in game studies are
actually scholars in another academic area. For
example me: I’m a rhetorician, generally housed
in either an English or writing department,
college pending. Other common fields to see in
game studies are the social sciences, philosophy,
history, education, and obviously computer
science and related tech fields.
7. Today: Psychology
The readings you did today are not the deepest
pieces of game studies psychology work, of
course. What I wanted to give you was a readerfriendly cross-section that hits on at least a few
key ideas that psychologists tend to examine
Let’s run through them.
10. From Penny Arcade– who happen to be the sort of the people they mock.
11. Scores, scores, scores…
12. He took that well.
14. Looks just like me.
15. For Wednesday…
On Wednesday, I want to talk about your two
group related projects and check in to make
sure the writing is going okay for your first
Once we do that, we will play a game in class
and talk about another psychological concept.