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Who cares about social games

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for Compugirls, an Arizona State University summer program of STEM education for grade school girls

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Who cares about social games

  1. 1. WHO CARES ABOUT SOCIAL GAMES?a talk for CompuGirlsJohn Carter McKnightJuly 2011
  2. 2.  who am I and why am I here? adjunct professor of law PhD student in “Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology” I study how people build communities and negotiate rules in online spaces and I play a lot of games!
  3. 3.  “Games are a series of interesting choices” – Sid Meier
  4. 4.  Social games (Facebook games) get trashed by game developers, who don’t find the choices interesting
  5. 5.  why not?
  6. 6.  who makes games?
  7. 7.  who plays games?
  8. 8.  “but those aren’t games games!”
  9. 9.  what kinds of choices are interesting to you?
  10. 10.  the game mechanics –  those “interesting choices” –  are actually the same as in a game that developers, critics – and game studies professors - love
  11. 11.  same choices, different context!
  12. 12.  so what?
  13. 13.  who decides what choices are “interesting”?  you do!
  14. 14.  great games – like great books – are the ones you can come back to and find something interesting every time.
  15. 15.  so…. what’s interesting?

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