Well Played: Interpreting Video Games

Drew Davidson

This presentation will engage in some in-depth, close readings of video games in order to parse out meanings to be found in the experience of playing these games. Inspired in part by the work of Bogost, Gee, Aarseth, and others, sequences in these games will be analyzed in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game come together to create fulfilling playing experiences unique to this medium.

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