Meaningful Play 2022 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleDeveloping a Game Studies Curriculum
Presenter(s)Mark Cruea, Shane Tilton and Emily Baumgartner
TimeWednesday, October 12, 11:00a-12:00p
LocationLake Ontario
DescriptionThis round table features discussion around developing a game studies minor and the potential avenues that such a minor can take. Across the United States, there are quite a variety of games studies curricula. Some programs take a more critical cultural approach focusing on the creation and distribution of video games, workplace conditions, writing for video games, and socio-cultural influences. Others focus on design and production aspects of video games. Others offer a mix of these two. The goal of this roundtable is to exchange ideas on curricular options, debate the pros and cons of each, and ultimately arrive at a conclusion that provides a framework for academic institutions to utilize when considering a gaming minor or major. There are three discussion leaders. Two come from a critical cultural background in video game studies while the third has focused on games in education including games and simulations in educational settings.

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