Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

MDST 4400 - Critical Theory and Game Analysis

Video games are complex systems of meaning and representation that create experiences for players, and this course is a theoretical and philosophical exploration of the video game as a cultural form and media text. Although video games are a newer entrant into the media landscape, they occupy a central and growing role that has connections to other media within the cultural landscape, as well as properties that are distinct to gaming. This course explores this ambivalent nature of video games as distinct media objects and as part of a larger media landscape, employing a vocabulary that challenges existing notions of critical media theory and posits the significance of video games in the digital world.

Prerequisite: MDST 2400