Block 2

Week 7 (28 October): 

Entangled Economies

Resources

  • A PDF of the lecture can be found here.

Read

NB here and below, “read” means before next class. In addition, unless hyperlinked, the texts can be found on Teams.

Play

NB Here and below, “Play” means spend at least half an hour with the referenced game.

Things to do

NB Here and below, “Fun” means it is an optional thing to do.

  • Re-confirm or change your group membership in the Teams group file (see Brightspace and Teams notification)!
  • Fun: Re-watch the New Yorker’s Turking for a Living
  • Fun as well as a challenge: scroll all the way through Wealth, shown to scale (it’s especially hard on a smartphone). Also, if you feel like sharing anything on social media, I personally think this absolutely effective and stunning interactive visualization deserves to be seen more widely.

Week 8 (4 November): 

Digital Playgrounds

Resources

  • A PDF of the lecture can be found here.

Read

Play

  • Flappy Bird (most true to the original when played on a smartphone)

Week 9 (11 November): 

Virtual Worlds

Resources

  • A PDF of the lecture can be found here.

Read

Play

Things To Do

  • Fun: Learn how Ultima Online’s Ecology was designed and destroyed in this video.
  • Fun: Visit LambdaMoo as a guest (please, be respectful of its citizens).

Week 10 (18 November):

We Are Cyborgs

Resources

  • A PDF of the lecture can be found here.

Read

Play

  • Either:
    • Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest . NB this game deal directly with the topic of clinical depression, so please take care if you choose to play this game.
  • Or:

Week 11 (29-11):

Playful Computers

Resources

  • A PDF of the lecture is available here.

Read

  • Chapter 3 of Julian Togelius’ Playing Smart.

Play

Things To Do

Week 12 &13 (2 and 9 December):

The Future of the Digital

Your presentations predicting the future of a digital phenomenon!