Required Texts

Required Texts

Books (Available at the UMW Bookstore)

Bissell, Tom. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. Random House, Inc., 2010. Print.

Bogost, Ian. How to Do Things With Videogames. U of Minnesota Press, 2011. Print.

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. Random House Digital, Inc., 2011. Print.

 

Games

The following games are required for this class; you need to play these. Each are available for multiple platforms, so I’m optimistic that everyone should be able to find a copy that works for you. Sharing or borrowing a copy from a friend is also acceptable. You may even work with a friend or two on a game, switching control from each level. If you have already completed any of these, you should play it again for this class.

(Note: These games are listed here in the order you’ll need them, and the tentative schedule below includes the time you’ll need them by. Since most game retailers run frequent sales, I recommend waiting to see if you can find one at a discount, if it’s not discounted at the moment.)

 

LIMBO (2010). Available for XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Portal (2007). Available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011) Available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux.
BioShock (2007). Available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3.

 

 

Films

Each of the films below will be screened in the course of the semester. You are strongly encouraged to attend the scheduled screening, but if you can’t join us, then you are responsible for watching the film on your own some time before the subsequent class meeting. Each of these is (or has been) available on Amazon Instant Video or Netflix.

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Avalon (2001). Run, Lola, Run [Lola rennt] (1998) WarGames (1983)

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writer:

Kazunori Itô

Stars:

Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski and Jerzy Gudejko

Language:

Polish

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writer:

Tom Tykwer

Stars:

Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu and Herbert Knaup

Language:

German

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes

Stars:

Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy and John Wood

Screening (Tentative):

Screening (Tentative):

Screening (Tentative):