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Electronic Entertainment:

An Introduction to Modern Video Games

Course Description:
What do you know about computer and video games? Any single game is likely to take up more of a player's time than any single movie or book, but video games are the least examined, most popular part of culture today.

In this single session we will explore the basic history and game-types of modern video games. We will examine the relationships between story and interactivity, the evolution of game aesthetics and their relation to the types of stories being told. Students will emerge from the class with a solid video gaming overview and vocabulary, the framework necessary for further study of the world of games.

Who should take this course:
This is an important class for understanding the future of digital media. Any digital storyteller, internet industry decision maker, and professionals developing sites or content for the young "Gen-Y" market could benefit from an evening's overview of modern gaming.

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