Video Gaming (EL 250)

30 Nov 2005

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Over the break, while you are waiting for your books to arrive, I'm also assigning some movies for you to watch.

Rent and watch two of the following:

Tron (1982)
WarGames (1983)
Big (1988)
Spy Kids 3-D (2003)

I'd welcome suggestions for additional movies that include depictions of video games and those who play them.

Rent and watch any two of the following:

The Truman Show
Capricorn One (probably hard to find, but very good)

Groundhog Day
Sliding Doors
It's a Wonderful Life

(The first group is about simulations, and the second group features alternate reality or replayability.)

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How about ExistenZ? It's a very weird movie, but it's definitely about video games, blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual, etc. There is even a bit about how in the future game designers will be revered like movie stars. ExistenZ is especially good as a companion to the Matrix.

Posted by: megan conklin at January 27, 2006 10:03 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Megan. I'll check it out before the next time I offer this course.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 28, 2006 12:54 PM

I have seen this film and highly reccomend it Jerz.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at June 25, 2006 10:43 AM

Thanks for the additional vote, Leslie.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at June 25, 2006 08:04 PM
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