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How games tell stories, part 3: did you say something?

This is part 3 of an ongoing series on the techniques that game designers employ to tell stories in video games. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, do that first. I. Exposition (continued) Aural exposition I sometimes… Continue Reading →

How games tell stories, part 1

This is part 1 of an ongoing series on the techniques that game designers employ to tell stories in video games. Part 2 is already available, and more are coming. People like me—which is to say, people who spend too… Continue Reading →

Dante’s Inferno, the Epic Poem of the Game

Visceral Games, developers of Dante’s Inferno: The Video Game and Travesty, have released as a marketing tie-in a version of the actual poem. The book is translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and accompanied by sixteen pages of “stunning art,” which… Continue Reading →

Teaching comparative literature with Bioshock, part 2

This is part 2 of my thoughts about how BioShock could be taught as a text in a college-level comparative literature course (although on reflection, I think it could really work in a general English course as well). Part 1… Continue Reading →

Teaching comparative literature with Bioshock, part 1

This is part 1 of my thoughts about how BioShock could be taught as a text in a college-level comparative literature course (although on reflection, I think it could really work in a general English course as well). Part 2… Continue Reading →

Serious game: The Path

This review will contain spoilers, so skip it for now and buy The Path if you’d rather not know what to expect on your first encounter with the game. “Where shall I put my skirt?” “Throw it on the fire; you won’t… Continue Reading →

Four ways to teach with games

Update: You can read the paper that I wrote based on this idea at Currents in Electronic Literacy. I can think of two ways to teach using computer or video games that already exist. I can also think of two… Continue Reading →

Play as Terrorists in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

This topic is a kettle of worms, but it raises too many interesting questions to leave it alone. Here are the facts, some background and my initial take. Call of Duty is a very popular first-person shooter franchise which recently… Continue Reading →

Good book, crap game: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Do the Harry Potter video games approach the quality and educational value of the book series? I can’t speak for all of the games, but with regard to the most recent entry the series—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on… Continue Reading →

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