Teaching Writing through Board Game Analysis and Design

As we know from Ian Bogost’s theorization of procedural rhetoric, games can be used to launch valuable, stakes-driven rhetorical. Play can be a medium to teach students how to make meaningful arguments to specific audiences through multiple modes. In my “Reading and Writing Board Games for Social Justice” course, students analyze and create games to… Read More Teaching Writing through Board Game Analysis and Design

The Fail-State is Not Permanent: What Roguelikes Can Teach Us About Revision

By Emma Kostopolus, University of Kansas@kostopolus What do we expect when we play a video game for the first time? If it’s a type of game we’re not familiar with, we probably expect that we’re going to fail, which is generally represented by our on-screen character dying. We expect to fail a lot when we… Read More The Fail-State is Not Permanent: What Roguelikes Can Teach Us About Revision

The Grass is Always Greener: The Pastoral Life in Stardew Valley

By Dylan Altman, California State University, Northridge “Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see… Build, therefore, your own world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson,… Read More The Grass is Always Greener: The Pastoral Life in Stardew Valley

The Doom Marauder and Knowledge Transfer

Video Essay By Emma Kostopolus, University of Kansas@kostopolus About the AuthorEmma Kostopolus is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Kansas. When not working on her dissertation or CPGS stuff, she writes about games for Unwinnable Monthly, Sidequest.zone and Critical Distance and brews very weird beer. This piece is part of… Read More The Doom Marauder and Knowledge Transfer

Back to the Grind: Searching for the Open Plaza in Elder Scrolls Online

By Kristopher Purzycki, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee CCCC has dwelled on the theme of place recently which, for someone who focused their doctoral research on placemaking, has been motivating if not affirming. At such a time when several crises seem to be converging, we find ourselves struggling with questions of place. In the protests of #BlackLivesMatter,… Read More Back to the Grind: Searching for the Open Plaza in Elder Scrolls Online