Course Overview: Playing the Class
Syllabus overview; class introduction; creating your character and the first mission
The New Social
LOLcats, Memes, and other social acts
Collective Farms and Angry Birds
Tweets in the Crowd
Clicking Cows, or, Gamification: Not (Just) a Dirty Word
During the week of the midterm mission, players will be given a series of collaborative and solo tasks. Players who have achieved a high rank in the class game by this stage will be rewarded with bonuses for the mission.
There will be no in-person class meeting this week!
Shirky, Cognitive Surplus.183-213.
McGonigal, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.PDF.
- Mission Seven Deadline
ARGs and other experiments
Andersen, The Year in ARGs.
- Mission Eight Deadline
Final Project Briefing
Each team must schedule a meeting to review their progress to date. Be prepared to show evidence of your collaboration and make sure your team has been posting regularly to your group space. Teams will be given the opportunity to schedule meeting times in the order of their collective game rank.
The Future of "Social" Games
- Team Presentations
Each team will present their final projects for group feedback.