VIDEO GAME TUTORIAL
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Syllabus

Feb 14
Peter Watkins, Punishment Park (1971)

List of books and readings

I'd suggest doing them in this order, but we can go at your own pace.

1. Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens (1938)

2. Roger Caillois, Man, Play and Games (1958)

3. Sigmund Freud, “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” (1920) (reserveweb) + D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality (1971)

4. The Medium of the Video Game (2002) Parts I and II + Steven Poole, from Trigger Happy (2000) (reserveweb)

5. Espen Aarseth, “Genre Trouble: Narrativism and the Art of Simulation” (2004) (web)
    Gonzalo Frasca, “Ludology Meets Narratology” (1999) (web)
    Jesper Juul, from Half-Real (2005) (pdf)

6. Lisa Nakamura, from Cybertypes (2002) (pdf)
   Julian Dibbell, “A Rape in Cyberspace” (1993/1998) (web)
   always_black (Ian Shanahan), "Bow Nigger" (2004)

7. Gonzalo Frasca, "Ephemeral Games: Is it Barbaric to Design Videogames After Auschwitz?" (pdf) (2000) 
    Stephen Johnson, from Everything Bad is Good For You (2005) (reserveweb)

8. Alexander R. Galloway, "Social Realism in Gaming" (2004) (web)
    Ed Halter, From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games (2006)

9. Charles Bernstein, “Play it Again Pac-Man” (1991) (web) (also in Medium of the Video Game)
    Henry Jenkins, “Complete Freedom of Movement: Video Games as Gendered Play Spaces” (1998) (web)
    Celia Pearce “Beyond Shoot Your Friends…A Call to Arms in the Battle Against Violence” (1997) (web)

10. Edward Castronova, "Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Accouint of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier" (2001) (web)

11. Raph Koster, Theory of Fun for Game Design (2004)

12. Eric Zimmerman & Katie Salen, The Rules of Play (2003)

13. Read this for March 20:

Eric Zimmerman "Do Independent Games Exist?" (web)
Andreas Jahn-Sudmann "Innovation NOT Opposition: The Logic of Distinction of Independent Games" (web)
Alexander R. Galloway "Countergaming" (reserveweb)


Other resources:

Gamasutra
Ludology
Water Cooler Games
Grand Text Auto
The Ludologist
War and Videogames
Terra Nova
Collision Detection
We Make Money Not Art
Rhizome
Serious Games
Eddo Stern
Cory Arcangel
Selectparks
Buzzcut
Kotaku
Game Girl Advance
Game Set Watch
Gamepolitics
Joystiq
Henry Jenkins: Confessions of an Aca/Fan
Guardian Gamesblog
Slashdot: Games
Gameology