Week 3 Lectures Transcribed: Romance and realism

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“La Belle Dame sans Merci” by Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901 Wikimedia

It is now week three of the Coursera course that I have embarked on Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. It is such an interesting course for me and brings together a lot of the other courses that I lave taken on Literature, New Media, Greek Heroes and even a little philosophy.   This week we read another wonderful work John Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame sans Merci”. Although we have finished reading the The Fellowship of the Ring our viewing for this week was Peter Jackson’s movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It is many years since I read the book or watched the film. Doing both so close together highlighted the differences and also the wonderful way that Peter Jackson was able to recreated Middle Earth.

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Week 2 Lectures Transcribed: LOTRO and Tolkien

Many thanks to Claire-Louise Taylor for transcribing the whole week of lectures!


Modes of Storytelling

Modes of sotry telling

This week we’re going to put the concept of remediation to work as we begin to compare the three modes; Novel, Movie and Game. By Mode, we mean simply “the medium of presentation”. Film is a mode, writing is a mode, painting, photography and sculpture are all Modes.

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Week 1 Lectures – Transcription

Enormous gratitude to Claire-Louise Taylor for transcribing the audio for all the Week 1 Lectures in “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative.”


Game on! The history and theory of MMOs

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Hi, I’m Jay Clayton, and this is Cheeryble. He’s an avatar of Jay Clayton, and these are more avatars that have been a big part of my life over the last few years. Cheeryble and I would like to welcome you to “Online Games: Literature, New Media and Narrative”.

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The course is now open

Let the learning begin!

The first week features videos on the history of gaming; a central concept of media studies call “remediation”; some important categories in game studies–rules vs.fiction, and emergence vs. progression–and finally, a first look at in-game action from Lord of the Rings Online.

It’s all online now available at https://www.coursera.org/course/onlinegames.  Just click on Go to Class to get started on this free, online class.

Lothlorien 4

Helm’s Deep: The Aftermath

As dawn broke after the battle for Helm’s Deep, I rode out to survey the devastation:
Helm's Deep dawn 1

There I met other survivors on the field:Helm's Deep dawn 3

and one who had arrived when a Wizard should, just when most needed:
Helm's Deep dawn 2

For a discussion of the narrative techniques used to transform these events from Tolkien’s fiction into interactive gameplay, join us at “Online Games: Literature, Narrative, and New Media,” July 14, 2014.