Video Gaming (EL 250)

10 Jan 2006

Analyzing Game Studies

What were your experiences as you searched for 5 scholarly items to include in your thesis proposal?

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I found that though I thought I was searching for a topic of great popularity, it was much harder to find academic sources on the subject. There are a million people online that will give their opinion about something, but that doesn't mean they are credible. I actually used an article from the Game Studies Journal that we used earlier in the course (Aarseth). At times I had to search for brod tid-bits of information and then relate them to my topic in a different sense than gaming.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 10, 2006 04:51 PM

That's right, Leslie. There are plenty of fan sites out there, but many of them just repeat bits of information from other fan sites. (I ran into that while trying to track down more information about Donna Bailey, credited as the co-designer of Centipede, and celebrated as the first female videogame designer.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 10, 2006 05:24 PM

I found it difficult to think of a good topic within the game that I chose. It's hard to find academic information about a video game, let alone topics about the game. I thought I would have no problem finding information regarding my game but I was quite mistaken. I had to change my topic in order to find good sources and a good topic within the game.

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 11, 2006 01:54 AM

I found it incredibly easy to search for educational technology. Ebsco-host was easier to use than normal. Using New Criticism I could rely less on fan material and was able to search easier for scholarly material. Similar to Leslie, I have a topic that is well discussed, but mine being about educational primers has more scholarly work and is commonly discussed in scholarly articles. The only difficulty was trying to keep the articles to non-online material since I am analyzing games not the entire internet as an educational tool.

Posted by: Stephan Puff at January 11, 2006 01:56 AM

Sounds like you're finding the exercise useful. Kayla, it's okay to change your topic at this early stage. Have you had better luck with the new topic?

Stephan, "serious games" -- game technology being used in training simulations and other educational contexts -- is a hot topic, especially with the US military, but also with search-and-rescue, medical training, etc. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 11, 2006 09:31 AM

Yes I have found it more helpful. I have more of an idea of what I would like to research and how to find creditable information.

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 11, 2006 03:07 PM

I forgot to post this, but I found a wealth of digital-related books, Postmodern studies, and books about aesthetics. I also have a very helpful article about virtual worlds and the construction thereof.

Most of my books don't directly relate to video games, but they can be applied to video games.

If anyone needs help with researching or coming up with a topic, I can offer suggestions!

Posted by: Evan Reynolds at January 13, 2006 12:43 AM
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