Analysis of Play, Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
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  • 1. Today 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Just checking in Play this week: Card Hunter Frasca: Narratology vs. Ludology Examples Discussion– where’s the “middle?” Homework
  • 2. How are we doing? Is everyone keeping up with Tumblrs? Are we working on the first Analysis? Any class related questions at this point?
  • 3. Play time… This week I want you to play Card Hunter, a free web game. Don’t spend any money unless you just have plenty on hand and like that sort of thing.
  • 4. Frasca For today, you read a piece by Gonzolo Frasca that spells out the narratology vs. ludology debate. One of the arguments I have made about this particular reading is that in explaining the differences Frasca actually shows us how completely interwoven the two views are, but you’re free to reject that premise.
  • 5. Ludus
  • 6. A Ludologist loves…
  • 7. WHY?
  • 8. Narrative… … is easy to find in many games and impossible to find in others. For our example, I decided to go a little toward the “edgy” side of narrative theory.
  • 9. Where do you stand? Which side do you fall on? Are you Narratist? Are you Ludologist?
  • 10. What about, say…
  • 11. For Monday… There are four readings about psychology in gaming. As you read, make note of which concepts you are most interested in. We’ll also take a break to look at some of the cool stuff you’ve posted to blogs.