Instructor: Torner M/W/F        2:30 – 3:25pm

This course introduces students to key concepts regarding games and social networks as procedural and participatory media. The course begins with discussions of analog board games as well as early sports as practiced in the pre-colonial Americas, and concludes with modern game poems as well as recent developments in mobile apps and social media connectivity. Careful attention will be paid to the systems of emergent human interaction that the media under discussion produce, as well as their circulation within pre-modern and modern societies. The course also presents an array of theoretical and pragmatic approaches to game studies, including but not limited to: procedural rhetoric, simulationism/immersionism, narratology/ludology, political economy, cultural studies, queer(ing) gameplay, design ethics and transmedia. Prior experience with games or game studies is not required.