This blog is for people who play games and people who do not play games, but are curious about them. If you like video-games, if you want to learn more about the medium, if you are curious about the business aspect of things, or if you have never played games and do not see what the big deal is. This blog is for you. I aim to break big chunks of things down into small, bite-sized pieces so you can fully grasp what makes this interactive media so astounding.
This blog is for analyzing and breaking down the design of play in games from multiple standpoints and point of views. Games have extended into the physical. They have been included in our everyday environments, to the point where we can’t even distinguish some of them as “games”.
People have begun applying games, simulations and interactive experiences to their everyday life. It seems like teaching about games should be easy. After all, students enjoy engaging with course content and have extensive experience with video-games. However, educating people on the medium can be surprisingly complex.
People have spent years researching “what are considered games?” or “why do people play games?” The simple answer is “because they are fun” but what does that really mean? Is that someone putting a label on a term that we have not yet found the proper vocabulary term to describe?
The goal of this blog is to help develop and define a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience. Video games are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis.
If you are not quite sure where to begin, check out this intro post or you can jump right in to any of the blogs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me and don’t forget to follow the blog for some exciting stuff planned! I will try my best to post twice a week, minimum.
So, let’s talk about games!