GCIN2029

Understanding video games: How to design popular culture

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Assessment:

6

TBC

100% coursework

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Nil

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Nil

Description

Interdisciplinary Elecitve Course


The course looks at how elements in video games are drawn from existing popular culture and other cultural products, and focuses in particular on the socio-cultural relations linking gaming with social values, cultural beliefs, art and literature, politics, and money. It is taught primarily by lectures and class work, and is attentive to both commercial and independent video games, comparing what we find there with elements found in other established forms of culture, modern or traditional, commercialized or independent. It thus looks at how video games are embedded in a larger and deeper context of cultural organization and practices that brings together different worlds, and tries to explain why they took a certain form, and why they are so popular and successful.

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