Serious Computer Game Play

What are the goals:

  • To learn about concepts of serious games through experience and interpretation
  • To learn more about concept of 'procedural rhetoric'

Social matrix:

  • Individual game-play, with presentation of individual 'findings' to the group


  • 1-2hrs


Introduction (5 mins)

  • Explain process and make sure everyone understands what we hope to learn and also how to do it

Activity (60-90 mins)

  1. Get a computer with internet access and go:
  2. Choose a game to play for 20mins
  3. Afterwards take notes, and try to answer the following questions for next 10mins..
  4. Basically what is the game about?
  5. Where is the game situated (real or imagined)?
  6. What social, cultural, political process are being explored?
  7. What material or conceptual system(s) are being explored?
  8. How did you take part in those processes or systems?
  9. What role(s) did you play?
  10. What biases do you notice of the game designers?
  11. Other than 'Change', what is the argument the game presents?

Discussion (15-30 mins)

  • Present the findings to the rest of the group.
  • Chose another game and repeat the above.
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