Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Joystick U.


Video games are their major

"Killers act like predators," the teacher explains. "And like any ecosystem, if you increase the number of killers and facilitate them, you decrease the number of achievers and socializers."

This is the conversation you might hear in a class on game design. Thirty years after bursting into pool halls and living rooms, video games are taking a place in academia. A handful of relatively obscure vocational schools have long taught basic game programming. But in the last few years a small but growing cadre of well-known universities, from the University of Southern California to the University of Central Florida, have started formal programs in game design and the academic study of video games as a slice of contemporary culture. Details from the New York Times.

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4 comments:

letter shredder said...

i love computers and video games. now that i'm working, one can still find me in arcades...

*enters confession box*

sometimes, i end up not checking games anymore coz i might end up addicted to them...

Alina said...

Games are an important part these days. It is only natural to have proper training for this field. However, maybe they should have some ethics taught as well. This way, maybe there will be less cases of addiction and the benefits will come in a larger number.

Deb S. said...

Letter Shredder, your "confession" is safe with me. :-)

Kayla, you make an excellent point! There is a profound need for ethics training for the very reason you cited. Let's hope that such training required for those pursuing a career in game design.

letter shredder said...

dcs: i'm wearing my heart upon my sleeve, but stomach over everything else...

have a great day!