Revised Schedule for Ian Bogost Visit

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March 18, 2012 by tanineallison

Dr. Ian Bogost, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media at Georgia Institute for Technology, will be visiting our class on Wednesday, March 28. For this reason, I am changing a few things on the calendar. Presentations for that day will be rescheduled and the readings for that day will be pushed back to April 11. Also, the proposal for the Final Project will be due on Friday, March 30 by 11:59pm via email.

I also expect you to come to Dr. Bogost’s public lecture to the university, unless you have class or some other unavoidable conflict for that time. Here is more information:

HUMILITY AND ORDINARINESS, OR THE FUTURE OF VIDEOGAMES

A TALK BY DR. IAN BOGOST

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 4 PM

WHITE HALL 207

A reception will follow

            Everyone knows how to use videogames for entertainment and distraction. For years now, many scholars and designers (myself included) have advocated for using games for other purposes—learning, politics, advertising, exercise, and others. Often described under the title “serious games,” such games were supposed to offer radically new and measurably effective ways of carrying out such goals. This talk discusses some of the reasons why that radical change hasn’t happened, and why more humble design values offer both a possible solution and a likely obstacle to the advancement of games outside of entertainment. As a primary example, I will present one approach to using games in journalism, a new game authoring system developed thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Dr. Ian Bogost is Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (where he is also Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media) and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. His research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and artgames. Bogost is author or co-author of many books, including Unit Operations, Persuasive GamesRacing the BeamNewsgamesHow To Do Things with Videogames and the forthcoming Alien Phenomenology. Bogost’s videogames cover topics as varied as airport security, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited internationally. His most recent game, A Slow Year, a collection of game poems for Atari, won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

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