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For: Monday, December 17, 2012

Hello everyone.

Here are your jobs for today, please and thank you.

JOB A: Video Game Visual Essay

Please work on your Video Game Visual Essay. Our due date for that project is this week, before the winter holiday break.

JOB B: Backlog

Please continue to finish incomplete work.  The window for handing in these assignments is quickly closing as we near the end of the semester.

JOB C: Summative Project Part 1

If you are up-to-date with your assignments listed above, feel free to begin the first part of our course summative found here.


Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

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1. Please fill in the sheets below from today’s slide show, found below, which is in PDF format here: stereotypes in video games. 2. Please fill in the topic section of the DEBATE SHEET with the following topic: “Video Games … Continue reading

Work for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Brainstorm the violent images that are commonly found in video games. Your goal is to have 30 specific actions that you have seen / heard of occurring in video games.

What are the PROS (Good things) and CONS (Bad things) about video games? Use the sheet provided to write down 5 points on each side — or as many as you can. For the CON (Negatives) side, think about / look at video games from the point of view of a PARENT, POLITICIAN, CONCERNED CITIZEN.

Job #3: VIDEOS
Take notes on your PROS AND CONS sheet while you watch, please and thank you.

1.Watch:  Write down 5 to 10 SPECIFIC ACTS OF VIOLENCE that you see.

2. Watch:  Please write down 2 ideas from the gaming magazine editor (with the very cool hair) as well as 2 ideas that JACK THOMPSON says.

3. Watch:  Please write down 2 IDEAS that you hear in this video.

4. Watch:  How does JACK THOMPSON connect Virginia Tech to the game Counter Strike?

Brainstorm 30 Game Characters from the beginning of video games. (For example, Pac-Man)

Think of games such as GTA, COD, Gears of War. What do these characters look like? What are their physical characteristics?

Australian man breaks gaming marathon record with Black Ops II

Okan Kaya’s passion for Call of Duty: Black Ops II is one for the record books.

On Monday, the sales manager at the Sydney-based online retailer 4Cabling set a Guinness World Record for the longest video game marathon ever by playing over 135 hours of blockbuster first-person shooter Black Ops II.

That tops the previous record of 120 hours, 7 minutes, which was set earlier this year by a Canadian duo playing Sony’s Resistance series.

It took Kaya seven days to reach the 135 hour, 50 minute mark, though he didn’t actually play in one long uninterrupted session. According to Guinness rules, players are granted one ten-minute break every hour, and any unspent time is accumulated. By skipping several breaks, Kaya was able to actually catch a little sleep and stay in relatively good spirits.

Unsupervised gaming marathons have, in the past, resulted in tragedies. In July a Taiwanese mancollapsed and died following a 40-hour Diablo III marathon at an internet café. Last year, an American gamer suffered a pulmonary embolism during a 20-hour Xbox session.

Official record-breaking attempts are closely monitored, however, and Kaya was accompanied at all times by a rotating crew of supporters and witnesses. He also exercised and alternated between sitting and standing positions while he played.

And make no mistake: he really played the game. By the end of his epic session, Kaya was ranked 37thon the Black Ops II leaderboards. The game itself is a record-breaker as well, earning over $500 million in its first 24 hours.

Work for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Hi everyone

Your work for today is the following:

  1. Please complete the Video Game Genre Investigation sheet. An electronic copy can be found here. The link to the Wikipedia page is here: Video Game Genres.
  2. Finish unfinished projects.