|COM 427 --
||Ruffin Bailey (513-7967)
|Email: bailey dot teaching at
gmail point com
|3 credit hours
||(email is for
final drafts, legitimate emergencies, and to schedule
office visits only)
||Course Website: http://www.rufwork.com/427
| Sect 1 --
||Office hours: Tues 1:30-2:30,
Shared Office: Tompkins G116A (beside Film Lab -- knock LOUDLY)
Please reference the schedule for a
full list of class texts. Many will be provided electronically.
This course is designed to help you to
understand the theory and methods of approaching digital games in a
scholarly fashion. To do so, we will be reading works by scholars
who propose systems for approach games in general, others who are
performing analysis of specific games, game systems, or periods in the
development of digital games, and still others who apply the filters of
specific cultural lenses to understand characteristics of games.
After the completion of the course, each student should have the
background -- theoretical, historical, and cultural -- to produce
original research and contribute to the field of game studies directly.
- Become familiar with prevailing scholarly approaches related to
- Become familiar with methods for interrogating games and gaming
- Discover methods for recording gameplay, both on the screen and
- Understand the background and history of popular digital gameplay,
digital games, and digital game platforms to allow you to properly
contextualize your own research.
- Understand many of the ways that video games intersect and
- Demonstrate these understandings through successful presentations
and research deliverables.
|Presentation and facilitated
discussion on assigned readings
|Presentation and facilitated
discussion on your own readings
|Research paper and
This is a two part assignment.
For your game journal assignment, you'll need to capture yourself
playing an extended, story-based game for approximately ten hours
such game, Red Dead Revolver
by Rockstar, will be hosted in the library on Wednesdays from
7-9pm. Attending five of these sessions will satisfy the gameplay
portion of the assignment.
If you are unable to attend any of the group sessions
you will need to discuss an
alternative way of playing an extended, narrative-based game which you haven't played before
with your instructor. At a minimum, email your instructor:
- The name of the game.
- Two or three sentences describing why you want to play it.
- Links to at least three reviews of the game.
- Links to at least one video of the gameplay, if possible.
Insure that your instructor has emailed you approval before beginning.
You will need to create a video of yourself playing and give these
videos to your instructor. The video can be made via webcam, and
really should not be edited or need to look particularly
Please bring in the videos on CD or a jump drive you can do without for
If you are unable to attend five of the group sessions
, you will
need to speech with your instructor to develop a compromise plan between
the two options described, above.
For the journal portion of these assignment, you will need to create a
file on Google Docs named "Game Journal" and share it with your
instructor. For every two hour session of gameplay -- or, for
those who attended the group gaming session, for each weekly session
you attend -- you will need to enter a dated
journal entry chronicling at least one substantial, interesting
observation you made during that session about the game or gaming in
general. Each entry should be at least (not average, but be
) 150 words, but feel free to go
as long as you'd like.
be responsible for two presentations during the course of the
schedule. The first will be a team presentation where you will
partner with one other student to review the day's reading and lead
discussion. Presentations should reflect critical
engagement/analysis with the topic. It is important that the
presentations not simply be a recitation of findings ("here is what we
saw") but show some analysis. Think about what is at stake in what you
have observed. What is interesting about it? Why does knowing "x"
matter? How has what your group found connect to previous research on
the subject, including things we have read?
The presentation will be evaluated based
- the substance of research, that is:
- the introduction: how you describe your main point in adequate
- How well you interconnect all topics, finding similarities and
differences among them and past readings.
- how well you address research questions and conceptualize the
topic in a broader context,
- how well you connect with other readings and theories studied
- the group's conclusions (how to expand the topic).
- how clearly it is presented to the class, that is:
- if your presentation is clear and well-organized,
- if you use audio/visual materials
- your presentation skills
- how your group leads the class discussion.
- the correct timing of the presentation.
- a correct citation of sources according to the APA style
- you should also mention your sources during the presentation
- You may (and, unless you use something similar, should) use HTML or Keynote/Power
Point slides to present your topic.
All presentations should be turned in in
a CD-ROM right after the
- I recommend getting the APA style guide
(the book) to make sure
your citations are correct. Your slides should end with a
bibliography of the day's reading and additional sources you may have
- Presentation slides and discussion
questions must be submitted a
week prior to the presentation to the professor.
Your presentation should last
approximately 25-35 minutes.
Please leave the class with several research questions, and be prepared
to facilitate discussion about those or other questions that the class
takes up. (This facilitation will comprise part of your and your
peers' grades, so remember to participate!)
Your second presentation will be a
research presentation, where you introduce the class to
readings you find in for the second
week of each unit. These presentations will be solo
presentations, but are otherwise very similar to the presentations
described above. Remember that your peers will very likely not
have read your sources.
You'll need to summarize the sources and let us know how they're
important. These presentations should not take more than 40
minutes, and could conceivably take much less time (20-25).
unit will be comprised of two weeks of discussion. We will have
one or two presenters each week, who will be responsible for creating
slides (or another presentation format: movies, etc) and a presentation
on the readings they've been doing outside of class on their individual
will have weekly
writings of two or three pages (500-800 words) for their final research
project before the second week of each unit. You should feel free
to use and cite the assigned readings in your biweekly writing, but you
are not absolutely required to do so.
You are required
to use what you find most interesting from our readings to find 2-3
more scholarly sources that do inform your writing. Take notes
during your peers' presentations and our class discussion to kickstart
your research for the following week. Ensure that your biweekly
writings cite at least two of those sources that you found on your own, and
include a "works cited" listing of those two documents in your paper.
Your weekly writings should be uploaded or composed on Google Docs (http://docs.google.com
) and you must
give your instructor (bailey point teaching curlyA gmail point com)
access to the writings. These will not be graded per se, but I
will be reviewing them from time to time to make sure that you are
making solid progress. If you do not, your final grade may be
affected. That said, if you're having trouble, let me know during
class or office hours, and we'll work things out.
(Please review the weighted final grade percentages for each
assignment in your student handbook, pp ix and xi)
ranges in percentages (round down to closest integer)
NCSU Policies, Regulations, and Rules 02.20.3)
The Department of Communication values student attendance
in courses and expects attendance in all courses from the very first
day of class. You will be allowed 4 absences of any kind during
final grade will be
Attendance will be taken by sign-in sheet. It is your
responsibility to ensure your signature is on each day's sheet.
Ask for the sheet if you do not see it. Tardies will be
marked by the instructor. Three tardies (including leaving class early)
equal an absence.
If for any reason you exceed four (4) absences and you have excused
absences, you will need to provide your instructor excuses for each
of your five or more missed days. At this point, any
unexcused absences remaining may immediately cause penalties to be
assessed to your final, and even five excused
absences may have grade consequences to be determined on a case-by-case
The university defines excused absences as sanctioned anticipated
situations and documented emergency situations. Anticipated
situations (participating in an official university function, court
attendance, religious observances, or military duty) must be
submitted in writing at least one week prior to the anticipated absence.
death of immediate
family member) must also be documented. It is your
responsibility to obtain the appropriate documentation for your
instructor on excused absences.
(In other words, if you find you will be forced to miss more than four
days (two weeks!) of instruction and participation with your peers, you
will need to contact me as soon as is humanly possible. In even
briefer terms, please come to class.)
If, after reviewing the syllabus, you anticipate or know you will
miss 6 or more classes (excused or unexcused), I would strongly
encourage you to drop this course. Your grade will be lowered by these
Cell Phones, Texting, etc.
Please ensure that you leave cell
phones off and out of sight during class. If you receive a call during
class or receive (or send) texts or other messages, your instructor
reserves the right to confiscate the item for the class period and
freely communicate with whomever is on the other end of the line. Your
instructor will not be responsible for charges incurred during this
communication, nor will the University or its affiliates. You solely
will be responsible for those charges.
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project completion time. Whether this is in-class or outside of class
will depend on the project. Late or missed projects are unacceptable.
Consider these projects as part of your job and not as part of a class.
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. For assignments, feel free to consider using NCSU’s
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requires that reasonable accommodations be provided for students with
physical, sensory, cognitive, systemic, learning, and psychiatric
disabilities. Please contact me at the beginning of the semester to
discuss necessary accommodations. If you have a documented disability
and wish to discuss academic accommodations please contact me within
the first week of class. In order to take advantage of these
accommodations, students must register with Disability Services at 1900
Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. If you will be
participating in a sport or other University sponsored event this
semester that may interfere with class attendance you should provide me
with documentation so that we can make arrangements for you to make up
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