Exercises: Analysing Critical Videogames - Details
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Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Wed , 14.04.2021 16:15 - 17:45
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 2-4

Course location / Course dates

n.a Wednesday: 16:15 - 17:45, weekly

Module assignments


This course is an introduction to analyzing video games with a critical message. We’ll examine how video games craft particular arguments and create meaning in exchange with the player. Since video games are a multi-layered medium, we won’t limit ourselves to their narrative or visual level, but will also include game mechanics as processes. They for the so-called procedural rhetoric, i.e., video games’ particular mode of representation.
The focus will be especially on those games that convey a critical message. This doesn’t mean that we’re only dealing with particular forms of video games that are supposed to convey a particular message or teach values (like serious games or propaganda games). Rather, we focus on games as a form of art that tries to convey an argument (be it merely implicitly or explicitly).
The particular topic these games address are videogames and their surrounding issues. They are self-critical. This self-criticism can refer to the aesthetic (e.g., conventions and culture) as well as to the social dimension, (e.g., production and community) or its technology (e.g., hardware and software). This will be discussed on the basis of relevant examples from the medium of video games.
After a short introduction to game studies and critical games, we’ll mostly focus on the games themselves and their (self-critical) rhetoric.
The following games we’ll discuss (however, there might be some additions in the final course)
• Manual Samuel
• Superhot
• The Magic Circle
• Death Stranding

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The course is part of admission "ELW/ALW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: Cultural Studies".
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