MIT v. Gamergate?

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/cms-615-games-for-social-change-fall-2013/index.htm

Lookie what I found…

what wut wtf shock surprise slow turn eh littlefinger pause got

OK hands up I was linked to it. I wouldn’t be caught dead doing Media Studies but look;

Run as a workshop, students collaborate in teams to design and prototype games for social change and civic engagement. Through readings, discussion, and presentations, we explore principles of game design and the social history of games. Guest speakers from academia, industry, the non-profit sector, and the gaming community contribute unique and diverse perspectives. Course culminates in an end of semester open house to showcase our games.

  • Serious Games Research
  • Designing Games for Social Change
  • Learning and Games
  • Purposeful Game Assessment
  • Potentials and Limits of Games for Change

“Serious games”, isn’t that an oxymoronic death knell for creativity and fun?
Since when is work meant to be play and play meant to be work? Worse, government work – propaganda.