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FILM 50.04 - Video Games and the Meaning of Life

This is a course guide for FILM 50.04.

Course description

Video Games and the Meaning of Life is an interdisciplinary course that explores the modern human condition through the stories, designs, and soundscapes of digital games—from the perils of obedience (Hannah Arendt and The Stanley Parable) to the metaphors of illness (Susan Sontag and That Dragon, Cancer), from the deathless dreams of pacifism (Undertale) to the transnational rise of today’s billion-dollar e-Sports industry (League of Legends). All students are welcome; no gaming or musical experience needed.

[Source: ORC/Catalog, 08/25/2023]; Dist:TMV; WCult:CI

In the Library's collections

You can use one of these subject headings to start your research in the library's online catalog:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

You can find scholarly literature for film and television studies in combination with video games in a variety of journals. However, if you want to do targeted searching, you can use a subject specific data such as Film & Television Literature Index or ACM Digital Library. You can also use the search box at the top of the page to find relevant articles.

Internet resource(s)

Citing and Tracking Your Bibliographic References

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

Keeping up with Film Studies journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.