Gaming the System: Pervasive Gaming as Art
Explores the genre of pervasive or alternate reality gaming, in which the computer gameplay extends beyond typical screen spaces to any area of the player's life, often employing dispersed unconventional "real world" media, such as websites, emails, instant messaging, text messages, online videos, and even direct human interaction. Examines how blurring common distinctions between game and life opens new critical possibilities for artists. Engages students by designing and staging their own alternate reality game as a transformative social action. Open to undergraduates and graduate students. No prerequisites, though prior programming experience is helpful. Instructor: Staff. One course.