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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  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.





Transcripts, Syllabus, and other information for Online Games, a MOOC on Coursera taught by Professor Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University