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Discussion Forum #2

In preparation for Discussion Fourm #2, each student will play five "casual" video games and then discuss them in a critical comment of about 500 words. Students will select one game from each list below, and then identify two other games independently. Be aware that Sharky's Game Room in Fisher Student Center has Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles and many of these games (and others) available for students.

Select one of the games in this list:

Select one of the games in this list:

  • Wii Sports (Nintendo Wii)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo Wii)
  • Wii Fit (Nintendo Wii)
  • Flight Control (multiple)
  • Zen Bound (iOS)
  • Eliss (iOS)
  • Nintendogs (Nintendo DS)
  • Brain Age (Nintendo DS)
  • Rock Band (any version) (multiple)
  • Guitar Hero (any version) (multiple)

Select one of the games in this list:

  • Beautiful Katamari (Xbox 360)
  • FarmVille (Facebook)
  • Mafia Wars (Facebook)
  • Bejeweled Blitz (Facebook)
  • Sketch Online (multiple)
  • Parallel Kingdom (multiple)
  • Plants vs Zombies (online)
  • Bookworm (online)
  • Zuma's Revenge! (online)

Now find two casual games on your own to play. You may select two titles from the lists above, or you may choose completely different games. Feel free to stretch the boundaries of what a casual game might be.

Submit your comment below after critically considering issues surrounding these games, such as:

  • The differences among your various experiences playing the games
  • Why you selected particular games
  • How games controlled through motion, gestures, or touch contrast with those controlled by keyboard or gamepad
  • The economic issues involved with these games
  • The potentially addictive nature of these games
  • The criteria that might be used to classify a game as casual
  • The applicable issues of race, class, or gender in the games
  • How Johnson's reading connects with the games
  • Which one or two games seem particularly notable in contrast to the others

The preceding prompts may help you focus your thoughts, but feel free to take your discussion in any productive direction you wish. I look forward to reading your work and discussing it in class.

Course Information

Writing and Video Games
ENG 496-022
MO 204
TR 11:00-12:15

Instructor Information

Dr. Jeremy Tirrell
Office: MO 150
Office Hours: TR 9:00-11:00 (and by appointment)

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Available for Checkout

Nintendo Wii:
Boom Blox Bash Party
A Boy and His Blob
Cooking Mama
EA Sports Active
Guitar Hero III
Mad World
Mario Kart Wii
Metroid: Other M
Metroid Prime 3
Monster Hunter Tri
No More Heroes
Lego Star Wars
Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii Fit Plus
Wii Sports
Zack & Wiki

Xbox 360:
Assassin's Creed
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The Chronicles of Riddick
Dead Rising
Dead Space
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Fallout 3
Left 4 Dead
Lego Star Wars
Max Payne 2
The Orange Box (two copies)
Table Tennis

Xbox 360 memory card
2gb SD card
Video capture device

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