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.
As dawn broke after the battle for Helm’s Deep, I rode out to survey the devastation:
There I met other survivors on the field:
and one who had arrived when a Wizard should, just when most needed:
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.
Rocío M. Sánchez has generously supplied a link to a Spanish translation of Cavafy’s “Ithaca.” http://seikilos.com.ar/seikilos/traducciones/itaca-%CE%B9%CE%B8%CE%AC%CE%BA%CE%B7-kavafis/
Many thanks to Leonel Morgado for posting this link to a Portuguese translation of “Ithaca,” by Konstantinos Kavafy, one of the readings for the first week’s class. (in Portuguese) http://uivomania.blogspot.pt/2008/12/taca.html