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Thursday, May 12 • 11:00am - 11:15am
Critical (of) Games in an Art School Context, a Narrative Case Study

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Critical (of) Games is a new co-taught course launched in the Fall of 2015. Course material is designed to address cultural issues in art and games, while enabling students with a range of fundamental technical skills for designing and developing their own projects. Conversations about gender, economics, and access are balanced with asset design and computer programming assignments.

Video games are, by profit and reach, the most popular art form. There is growing hostility within video game communities toward games focused on topics or approaches other than entertainment, and our previous students' have been reluctant to share their games and interactive art work on the internet. Where do these art forms intersect with established art worlds and what impact do they have on social and political action? Interactivity and open narrative structures can be used critically and experimentally. This course investigates the lack of exploration in the video game industry and covers instances of and culture around more critical games.

We are in the middle of the first semester of this two course sequence. This first course prepares students for developing games, studying narrative, character, environment, 3D animation, coding, and distribution. In the Spring course, Students will form teams that collaboratively design, develop and release a game with a decidedly social or political focus.

We will present the course structure and outcomes as a narrative case-study on the potential subversion/engagement that can be developed by offering art and design students agency with new media tools and an atmosphere that supports critical discussion of tools, approaches and culture around video games. We will also present student projects from the two semesters.

Thursday May 12, 2016 11:00am - 11:15am MST
COOR 195 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  Arts and Media, Long Paper
  • Session Location COOR 195