Advanced Workshop in Communication Media

COGR 280
Winter 2008
Workshop: T. 1-4pm, Sequoyah 142, see schedule and policies
Office hours: W. 10:30am-12:00pm, Media Center / Communication 246
Website: http://www.noahwf.com/08winter/workshop

Workshop Faculty

Noah Wardrip-Fruin
email: nwf [at] ucsd [dot] edu (email contact preferred)
paper mail: Department of Communication, 0503, UCSD
office: room 246, Media Center and Communication Building (MCC)

The Plan

By the end of this workshop you will have created a complete game and/or simulated world. There will be other waypoints in between, but this is the main point.

Your final project may be created by you as a sole author, but I suspect the best projects will be collaborations (involving other workshop members and/or people you recruit). We will experiment with approaches to computer games and tabletop games -- but your final project can be created for the computer, the tabletop, live full-body performance, or any other situation or combination.

We will also read and discuss a range of texts about games and worlds -- especially in terms of how they express ideas and values. I'm looking forward to discussing these with you, because I think they're interesting in themselves, but I also hope they will provide interesting tinder for thinking about your project work.

Finally, some of our texts and activities will be included because they are part of the in-process "Values at Play" research project and curriculum. Our goal here is not only to learn what we can from this selection but also to evaluate it -- and hopefully provide feedback that will help it improve in the future.

It should be a full quarter, and a rewarding one.

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General Course Notes

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08 Jan

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15 Jan

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22 Jan

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29 Jan

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05 Feb

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12 Feb

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19 Feb

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26 Feb

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04 March

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11 March

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