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Course Site for Future Cinema 1 and Future Cinema 2: Applied Theory at York University, Canada

Separating wheat from the chaff

Anthropy’s dream of an egalitarian model of video game production—one where anyone who wants to make video games has access to the tools to do so—promises a glut of games, good and bad, from countless new voices. As she acknowledges, though, most of these games will be “mediocre,” citing YouTube as a similar democratizing resource [...]

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Fri, October 20 2017 » Future Cinema, games » No Comments

Critical Play Discussion Questions

1. Flanagan calls play a safe space: an inherent aspect of play is that one must feel comfortable before participating. But is this necessarily the case? Are there instances in which play can occur without comfort being offered to the player?
2. Building off of that question, does play inherently result in fun? Can the activist [...]

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Thu, October 19 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Kyoko’s Final Project Proposal

I missed the class time, but here is my proposal.
Future Cinema I / Fall 2017
York University FILM 6507
Proposal for the Final Project
Kyoko Yokoma
Title: Tales of Fukushima
My final project is a multi-screen documentary about the aftermath of Fukushima nuclear disaster. It is an experiment to create an emotionally, intellectually and geographically immersive work in digital media. Using [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

game innovation lab @ucs

http://www.gameinnovationlab.com/
Welcome to the Game Innovation Lab®
We are the premier center for experimental game design research at USC. Founded in 2004, the lab is directed by Professor Tracy Fullerton. The mission of the lab is to pursue experimental design of games in cultural realms including art, science, politics and learning.
The international success of games that [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

shared do for questions – oct 18

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uEPysT9MNYHQNdX3j9nlQpzix9JKmKeqbGUlJuXIh_c/edit?usp=sharing

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Anna Antropy talks about how playing a game that recreates the dynamics or systems can help people explore and understand how those relationships work. She uses Tetris and “Gang Rape” as examples. I wonder how this works in gaming for social change. Game rules and the dynamics could be used to understand someone else’s situation. [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

our guest next week: Justin Stephenson (and Gord Downie ;)

http://junoawards.ca/nomination/video-of-the-year-justin-stephenson/
Justin Stephenson is an award-winning filmmaker and moving image designer.
Working with Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire, Justin directed the animation, edited, and supervised the design on the new animated film, The Secret Path. It tells the true story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who escaped from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Games and our experiences

In taking about the start of games and game culture, Anna Anthropy writes how early game creators made games that “looked like their own experiences: physics simulations, space-adventures drawn from the science fiction they enjoyed.” (5-6) While a game is dictated by the rules of its world, a game is nevertheless a system that can [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

November conference on “phonoculture” in Toronto…

Hey all! The Tuning Speculation conference (at 155 Walnut St.) is happening from Nov. 17-19, 2017. Check out the programme and come on down!
http://www.theocculture.net/tuning-speculation-v-schedule/

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Question

Anthropy writes “A game isn’t defined by being fun just as comics aren’t defined by being funny. A game is defined as an experience created by rules. ” The word ‘play’ and ‘game’ seem to have connotations of entertainment, leisure, and fun that we as individuals are already conditioned to believe. I wonder if it’s [...]

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Wed, October 18 2017 » Future Cinema » No Comments