An 11-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of analytical theory pertaining to video game media.
Topics covered: play and game, emergence versus progression, game mechanics, story, interpretive theory, the culture of games, violence and race in games, and finally, serious games.
University of Alberta offers this online course.
About the course:
Video games are a globally entrenched entertainment medium that entertains, informs and challenges us. These games are defined by, and define our modern culture.
In this course, students will learn how to study games and engage in informed discussions about them. Ultimately, this course is about understanding the literacy of video games.
Understanding Video Games was created with the help of world renowned video game developer, BioWare Corp, located in Edmonton, Alberta.
- Duration: 14 weeks of study
- Timings: 3 to 5 hours of work / week
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