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Hands-On English and Linguistics

Game studies and game stories

We start playing games before we can crawl, and we continue throughout our lives: sports, card games, role-playing games, video games, and more. Many of us play games when we “should” be doing other things, and now the games industry is worth billions.

Games aren’t trivial. People all over the world, no matter their technology level, no matter their culture or history, have games. Games, like language, music, and art, are a fundamental human expression.

In your week at Otago, we’ll play games: table-top games, activity games, role-playing games, and video games. Through these, we’ll figure out what games are and how they differ, exploring the literary, philosophical, and psychological aspects of gaming.

At the end of the week, we’ll design our own game using the principles of game design and game narrative that we’ve learned.

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