Postgraduate | CUR-MIC510 | 2024
Online Games and Play
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Love it or hate it, the idea of ‘gamification’ has taken root. Examine what it means to play online, and how gaming can both resist and reinforce traditional power structures. Explore the function of rules, and how hacks and mods change the game.
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- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 26 Aug 2024,
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- 13 weeks
Online Games and Play
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- analyse the interrelationship and application of play and game theory practices and technology
- critique the changing role of games and play in contemporary networked culture
- evaluate and assess concrete examples of gaming and gamification in diverse online and cultural settings
- communicate the various contexts in which games are produced and consumed and how these intersect with contemporary media and communication
- generate and communicate the complexities of the commercial gaming landscape for a generalist audience.
- 1.1: Play: An Introduction
- 1.2: Games and Rules
- 1.3: Immersion, Interactivity, & Narrative
- 2.1: Identity, Online Worlds, & RPGs
- 2.2: Social & Casual Games
- 2.3: Space, Mobile Games, & Locative Media
- 2.4: Horror and Violence in Games
- 2.5: eSports, Advertising, and Playing for Cash
- 3.1: Gamers and Online Community
- 3.2: Gamification
- 3.3: Games in Popular Culture
This subject was previously known as Online Games, Play and Gamification.
This subject explores the broader spaces and nature of play online, and how it relates to the development of digital forms of gaming. The nature of immersion, and its relationship to interactivity, is examined, investigating how narrative is constructed and communicated through game play. The subject provides critical perspectives on the notion of gamification and the growing area of research centred around videogame streamers and the labour ecosystem of eSports. It examines a series of gaming tropes and themes, games as texts, and the ways that games enter social frameworks to convey, refract, engage with, and resist power structures. An ongoing focus is on the function of rules in framing play, particularly in relation to how players cheat, hack and mod their games to break those rules.
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