This website is not yet really available, but it will soon be the hub for just about everything we do in this class. For now, here's some homework:

By Thursday, Jan 13, please read the following:

+ Chaplin, Heather. “Is That Just Some Game? No, It’s a Cultural Artifact.” _The New York Times_ 12 Mar. 2007. Web. 3 Nov. 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/12/arts/design/12vide.html?ex=1331352000&...
+ Ebert, Roger. “Video games can never be art.” _Roger Ebert's Journal_ 16 Apr. 2010. Web. http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/04/video_games_can_never_be_art.html
+ Ebert, Roger. “Okay, kids, play on my lawn.” _Roger Ebert's Journal_ 1 July 2010. Web. http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html

Come to class prepared to discuss and respond to these arguments. In particular, pay close attention to Roger Ebert's argument, and consider his insights carefully. What is he assuming about the nature of art and the nature of videogames? How does taste factor into these assumptions? How does the initiative described in the NYT article deal with similar assumptions about culture?

Also, please make sure you have an account on umwblogs.org by Thursday, and come up with at least 2 game ideas for your glog.

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