Video Gaming (EL 250)

4 Jan 2006

Daily Update

Workbook 3c, which was initially part of the Koster 1 set, has been moved to Unit 2, a general unit on studying games.

Now you don't need to have read Koster yet in order to complete W3c. It refers to an assigned game -- here is where you choose your game. (Post your claim here on this page so you don't repeat someone else's work. More details on W3c to follow.)

Discussion Questions
I'm pleased to draw everyone's attention to Leslie's excellent blog entry recording her intial reactions to Koster. Writing something like that is above and beyond the call of duty, but it shows that she's investing significant time and energy in the book, and she's laying a firm foundation for success later in the course, when the ability to engage with assigned texts, and to integrate your own individual observations and intellectual responses, will lead to an excellent final paper.

I'd rather wait on discussing Koster until more people have had the chance to do the readings. If the copy you ordered hasn't arrived yet, you might try browsing a copy in your local bookstore, or checking nearby libraries to see whether you can borrow a copy until your purchased text arrives. Starting Monday, I'm going to start assuming everyone has their books and is caught up with the reading, but I can be flexible until then.

This means that I will delay posting the Koster and New Games Journalism discussion questions until Friday or the weekend.

The daily agenda for tomrrow is fairly straightforward.

I've posted instructions for Ex 2, which comes in parts A B and C. Part B and C are just like parts B and C of Exercise 1 -- peer review and then revise the draft you wrote for part A.

There's nothing you need to do for the item labeled "Koster" -- I was going to post discussion questions there, but I'm hold off for now. If you do have your book, there will be J-Web questions for the next set of chapters.

Details on Workbook W3c

The classic games you can choose from, taken from a flowchart on Koster's page 79, are as follows:

Space Invaders: Leslie
Centipede: Jerz
Choplifter: Gina
Asteroids: Kayla
Galaxian: Evan
Defender: Stephen "Manly Man" Puff

The full instructions are in J-Web, Unit 2, Workbook W3c. Deadline is Jan 5, 5pm.

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I would like to claim Space Invaders.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 4, 2006 04:31 PM

I just found this great link that allows you to play some of the games on the list. Classmates, you might want to check it out and give your chosen games a play.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 4, 2006 04:47 PM

I would like to take Asteroids

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 4, 2006 04:56 PM

Kayla, there is an Asteroids game on the linked site that I mentioned above.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 4, 2006 05:01 PM

Leslie, that arcade emulator looks fun.

Be careful about making too many assumptions about them -- they may not be very faithful reproductions of the originals.

I tried out the Tic-Tac-Toe and beat it on my second try -- I didn't go for the center square, but instead went for a corner, and the game didn't occupy the center square, which it should have. That was a big programming mistake. It looks like this is a labor of love, rather than an authentic repository of histrorical games (most of which are still protected by copyright, or in a grey zone where the owners aren't intersted in marketing the product, but they also don't want to give it away for free).

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 4, 2006 05:07 PM

Defender sounds like a real manly-man's game. I'll take that one before Evan tries to get it.

Posted by: Stephan Puff at January 4, 2006 06:01 PM

Jerz before I read this I completed the assignment on Jweb. I did it on the game I used for Exercise one and now when I went back to do it on one of the games that you assigned it locked me out and I can not even click on it to try and do the assignment over. What should I do?

Posted by: Gina Burgese at January 4, 2006 06:43 PM

Gina, there will be a later exercise that asks you do to do something similar on a modern game, so you'll have a head start on that assignment.

I'm on my way out the door right now, but I'll let you back in after I've had the chance to preserve the work you've done. What game do you want from this list?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 4, 2006 06:55 PM

haha, knee slappingly delicious...

Posted by: Stephan Puff at January 4, 2006 07:23 PM

I'll tackle Galaxian.

Posted by: Evan Reynolds at January 5, 2006 12:38 AM

I logged on to J-Web and I don't see W3c anywhere! What happened?

Posted by: Evan at January 5, 2006 12:58 PM

It's still called W3C, but I've moved it into Worbkbook 2. It made sense at the time...

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 5, 2006 01:04 PM

I picked Choplifter

Posted by: Gina Burgese at January 5, 2006 04:33 PM
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