Students all over the world have to read certain classic literature in school such as: Hamlet, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Homer’s Odyssey, etc. With that in mind…
Imagine it’s 2050 and you’re helping design a course for high school students called Video Game Literary Classics. You have been asked to suggest a culturally significant video game (or several) for students to academically analyze and discuss, as they would with classic literature. Which video game title(s) would you choose for literary study and why?
The General Idea
We are focusing on video games that, with any combination of their design elements, say something significant about humanity. For instance, the one(s) you choose might portray interesting philosophies, ethics, or social commentary worth in depth, academic discussion. How does the narrative of a certain title make it a timeless classic? How did a specific game accurately reflect the cultural zeitgeist of the era? And so on.
1. You can write about one video game or several, just please included supporting details for your choice(s). If you choose a title from a long series (ex: Final Fantasy), please specify a single installment.
2. Link back to this post in your response so I can easily keep track of entries.
3. Please post your response by the end of your timezone’s day on June 23rd. Edit: Extending the due date to a month!
4. I will choose one submission from each participating blogger to include in a community collaboration post, linking to each bloggers original post.
Note: I may paraphrase for brevity depending on how long the collaboration becomes.
5. I will post the final version of Video Game Literary Classics 101, arranged in an order that makes sense for teaching, on the following weekend, or as sooner if I’m able to.
To get you started with some ideas, I posed this question to the /r/truegaming subreddit and took note of some of the most popular suggestions in the comments. Feel free to pick one or choose something else.
Return of the Obra Dinn
Grand Theft Auto
The Stanly Parable
Night in the Woods
God of War
Red Dead Redemption
That Dragon Cancer
The Last of Us
Depending on the amount of participants, this might end up being enough entries for a unit, a single semester course, or a year long class. If there are enough, I might even posting the results in two separate “courses” of 101 and 201.
I’m going to ping a few bloggers here I think or know would be interested, but anyone is welcome to participate!
Kim — Later Levels
Hannie — The Hannie Corner
Hannah — A Cat’s Library
Charles — Around the Bonfire
Duane — Bar Harukiya
Dan — NOWISGAMES
Chris — OverThinker Y
Emily — Monster Lady’s Diary
Michelle — A Geek Girl’s Guide
Matthew — Normal Happenings
Ms. Dragon — The Dragon’s Teaparty