Gaming Session: Minecraft, September 28, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday! 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium, September 7th: Breath of the Wild

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As its name might suggest, mythology has always served as the foundation for The Legend of Zelda. Throughout its history, its songs of champions found many forms across the Hyrulean ages, from the sunken legacy of Wind Waker to the existential hum of a slumbering Wind Fish in Link’s Awakening.

With Breath of the Wild, Nintendo challenges the player to rebuild the mythology of the series through play and, in doing so, finds a new retelling of the song that enraptured so many players when the original Legend of Zelda was released over thirty years ago. Does the latest Zelda truly reveal new territory for open-world designs to explore? Or does it incorporate newfound traditions of contemporary design to redefine its own place in gaming history?

We’ll meet to explore the mountainous horizons of this venerable series on Thursday, September 7th at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT on voice chat over Skype.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, August 31, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday: 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium: What Remains of Edith Finch, August 3, 2017

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The game What Remains of Edith Finch (2017) presents a series of interconnected moments revolving around a premise posed as an implicit question: in the end, are we simply stories other people tell about us?

This Thursday, at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT, let’s discuss how What Remains of Edith Finch (2017) is itself a connection among a number of trends this year.

  • Games as part of and as themselves anthologies “gathered” together around a theme;
  • What the shift of “missing fathers” (The Unfinished Swan, 2014; BioShock Infinite, 2013) to “missing mothers” (What Remains of Edith Finch, 2017; Mass Effect: Andromeda, 2017; Persona 5, 2017) might mean; and
  • The rise of “walking simulators,” and the complications of genre conventions and labels
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Gaming Session: Minecraft, July 27, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday; 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

 

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, June 29, 2017

Minecraft this week! Thursday, June 29 at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium: Portal and Portal 2, June 8, 2017

For this month’s Symposium, we’ll be discussing Portal and Portal 2.  The question that I’m most interested in exploring is how the two games relate to each other: in what ways does Portal 2 behave as a traditional sequel to Portal, and in what ways should we analyze the two games differently, as two different ways to use the same tools?

We’re meeting on Thursday, June 8th at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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