1. Check in
2. Tumblr Reminder
3. Second Life– let’s look around
4. Team time
Each week, you are to make two Tumblr posts:
1) A reading response: this should be an approximately 500-750
word response to ONE of the readings from the week (your
choice) in which you engage the reading but also share your
response/thoughts. This should not be a summary; you should be
engaging with the reading the way you might if you were making
a comment in class.
2) “So, this is cool”: every week I’d like you to share a link to
something you think is interesting related to gaming and game
design. It can be an article, a picture, you can tell a story… it
should just be interesting and on-point for class. Both of these
posts are due at 11:59 pm on Saturday each week.
If you’ve forgotten any of your posts, you can have a one time
mulligan because I’m cool like that. Have them caught up by
11:59 PM Sunday night. You should have 8 posts.
Since Second Life is a little different compared to
the “hit it and go” games we’ve played so far, I
wanted to get started with it in class this week.
So… boldly go to your Applications and look for
a green hand that looks like this:
1. Second Life can
be a little slow. Be
patient. Don’t run
other stuff at
2. Second Life can,
at times, be a
little raunchy. Be
ready for that.
3. Second Life is a
sandbox, but it’s
sort of a less-than-
Be ready to go read
as you try stuff.
4. I want you to
this environment. Be
5. Remember that
other people can do
whatever they want;
don’t be surprised
if you meet a jerk.
Or Ten jerks.
… I want to combine the two things I wanted us
to do today into what I hope will be an
I want you to have some time to brainstorm
WITH your team, but I also want you to get to
know Second Life a little. So I want you to
brainstorm while IN Second Life. You can talk
out loud too, but try to use the “game” to help
you with ideas.
Your game design documents are due a week
Make sure to bring them to class in some format
1. Be shared with classmates
2. Leave with me
Read for class:
The three posts linked from The
Psychology of Video Games (on the
These are meant to be “teasers” to get
us thinking. We’ll discuss these topics