Students will use concepts from Hamlet on the Holodeck, Reality Is Broken, Conve

Students will use concepts from Hamlet on the Holodeck, Reality Is Broken, Convergence Culture and other readings to critique a work of digital media. The work must incorporate multiple media and respond to user interaction. Papers must include a link or other citation of the work and include references to in-class readings and other writings, reviews or analysis of the work. Students should list at least 6 sources. The paper may be written in magazine style, where citations are inserted conversationally. For example: “In Hamlet on the Holodeck, Janet Murray describes works of digital media as procedural, which is related to the computer’s ability to execute a series of instructions.” However, unlike a magazine article, students must submit a reference list with their paper. Papers should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and a minimum of 1000 words. DUE Wednesday, April 6.
The paper should include:
• A (brief) description of the plot. I will not accept papers that are mostly plot descriptions.
• Backstory on the work itself – who are the authors/producers? When was it produced? What was the audience reception of the work?
• Aesthetic analysis of the work, using Murray’s vocabulary (and other words we have learned this semester). They include:
• Participatory
• Spatial
• Encyclopedic
• Procedural
• Immersive
• Agency
• Transformative
Quality of Research – 30
Application of ideas learned in class – 30
Quality of Writing – 40
Students should research newspaper and magazine articles and reviews of the digital works that they plan to analyze. Some of the best sources are below:
Metacritic – (Links to an external site.)
Start here. Metacritic reviews movies, games and TV. It includes user ratings as well as links to reviews written by professionals (click on the Critic Reviews tab for each item). It also gives all of the background information about the producers.
Endgadget, CNET and more – (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
These sites review hardware (check them before buying new tech), but sometimes also review software, games and TV/video.
Platform-based Magazines – Games that are made for specific platforms have magazines or at least web sites that often have news about or reviews of games.
High-Quality MSM – Mainstream media may have high-quality reviews of popular games, TV shows, podcasts and more. These sources include The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired Magazine and others.
“To tell a story, you must first of all build a world….” –Umberto Eco
Serial (Links to an external site.) (nonfiction)
Homecoming (Links to an external site.) (fiction)
TV Series (tell us how a TV series extends the narrative universe and shows elements of participatory, spatial, encyclopedic or procedural elements, or other concepts from Murray.)
Game of Thrones
The Wire
Breaking Bad
The Sopranos
Super Mario AR (Links to an external site.)
Android AR Experiments (Links to an external site.)
Ad Campaigns (Links to an external site.)
Magic Leap
Magic Leap | Demos: Waking Up with Mixed Reality (Links to an external site.)
Magic Leap Virtual Reality – Behold The Future (Links to an external site.)
Pair-Burst Memory (Links to an external site.)
Village LIVE (Links to an external site.)
New York Times Augmented Reality App (Links to an external site.)
Images from Carne Y Arena
CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) – Trailer (Links to an external site.)
MYST – Chapter 1 (Links to an external site.)
Snowfall (Links to an external site.)
Firestorm (Links to an external site.)
A New Age of Walls (Links to an external site.)
Easter Island is Eroding

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