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Wanda V Gregory
CSS 290
Bothell Campus

Topics in Computing

Examines current topics and issues associated with computing that are of broad relevance.

Class description

Everyone has heard about Halo3 and World of Warcraft giving the impression that games and MMOs are only for guys. However, with the popularity of consoles like the Wii and mobile and handheld games women are being attracted to games in growing numbers. This class will look at what is happening in the game and online space for women—past present and future. Topics will include: history of games—paper based and online, player psychology, gender differences in game play and design, identity, social dynamics, transmedia properties, game narrative, game platforms, and intellectual property development.

The class will be a combination of lectures, hands on game play, readings, case studies and the creation and design of game concepts for different platforms. You don’t have to be a woman to take the class; you do need to have a willingness to play a variety of games both online and paper-based in and outside of class.

Classes will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, case studies, in class exercises, and group game play.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Wanda V Gregory
Date: 10/21/2009