112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games II

Session Chair: 
Taylor Evans, University of California, Riverside
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Jonathan Lee, Independent Scholar
    This presentation will review the merits and potential roles of video games in a contemporary classroom with emphasis on composition and creative writing, using the Mass Effect series as a specific example and demonstrating how virtual spaces function as digital rhetoric.
  2. Kristen Schellhous, California State University, San Bernardino
    With the world of gaming colliding more frequently with education, gamification has become the new iteration of how to combine the two. Using concepts from the gaming world, gamification gives teachers and students new ways to find motivation and increase learning goals. This project will examine how gamification can be practically used in First Year Composition and what the benefits, limits, and possibilities might be.  
  3. Ricardo Ramirez, California State University, San Bernardino
    This project investigates how gender has been coded throughout gaming's history using a selection of games as examples reflecting different gaming eras (As programmers literally code gender). We also explore how internal game programming is utilized to create gaming mods, providing fans to play a game completely different from the designers' intentions.    
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