Simulating Utopia: Critical Simulation and the Teaching of Utopia, a new article by CUNY Games Network co-founder Francesco Crocco, was just released in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, an open-source, online journal. The article theorizes a new approach to simulation-based pedagogies that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive design. It models this approach for teaching a utopian literature course. Please read and share!
This Friday, May 1, Dr. Lisa Nakamura will be visiting LaGuardia Community College to present on “Gamergate” and issues related to racism and sexism in game culture.
* Presenter: Dr. Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan
* Date/time: Friday 1st May, 10:30-11:30am
* Title: “Racism, Sexism, and Gaming’s Cruel Optimism: Analyzing Social Justice Strategies that Address Gamergate”
* Description: In 2014 video game culture was rocked by a major scandal — Gamergate — that highlighted its problems with sexism and racism. Women and players of color must negotiate intense and sometimes-painful attachments to a dream of equality and respect earned through “good play” both within and without games. This presentation will analyze social justice strategies for addressing racism and sexism within gaming culture.
Space is limited, RSVP here.
Great piece from the Washington Post about a new book that discusses the attempt to replace standardized testing with video games that embed testing in the game.