First, complete the Moodle activity (which asks you to skim Bogost 6-16, and then as part of the Moodle, choose 4 chapters to look at in more depth.)
Then, using the ”Blog Me” button, write a brief essay (minimum 300 words), drawing on the four selections you made while completing the Moodle activity, and demonstrating your ability to connect.
Drawing on what you learned from your selections, from your own course-related gameplay and readings, and from the course goals as articulated in the syllabus, identify an apparent opposition that you feel you can resolve, OR take up and defend one side of an issue that reasonable people can disagree on.
- Your goal is not to “win” an argument, but rather demonstrate your ability to generate insight and approach the truth, by exploring more than one side of an intellectually significant response to games. (The word “argument” can describe both a shouting match that leads to throwing punches, and reasoned academic argument that leads to greater insight. This assignment asks you to practice the kind of argument I’ll be looking for in your Paper 1 assignment.)
- Rather than saying a few lines about each chapter in turn, or saying a few lines about each of a series of games, I am asking you to connect, synthesize, and engage. Go for unified, focused inquiry, rather than a loose collection of isolated observational nuggets.)