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Game Studies Guild: Events & Resources

2019 Events Schedule

Dark Souls | "Transmisogyny and Translation" with Robin Aultz

Let's Play Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm

 
Halo: Combat Evolved | "Speedrunning and Intended Play" with Ronny Ford and special guest Ayre

Let's Play Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 - 8:30pm

 

World of Warcraft | "History and Worldbuilding" with Daniel Fandino

Let's Play Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:30pm

 

Gone Home | "Queer Games" with Cody Mejeur

Let's Play Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 - 8:30pm

All events and meetings are held in the Digital Scholarship Lab, on 2 West in the Main Library.
All Critical Let's Play events stream live at Twitch.tv/gsgmsu, and are moderated by a human being, who will ask questions on viewers' behalves. Watch, share, or join the conversation, whether you have read the material or not.
 
Check the Resources tab for more information, including selected reading material and related media.

Related Resources

Dark Souls | "Transmisogyny and Translation"

Darkmoon Tomb by Robin Ford

When We are Subsumed: On Dark Sun Gwyndolin, Transness, and Aldrich, the Devourer of Goddesses by Ayla Arthur

YES, DARK SUN GWYNDOLIN IS A TRANS WOMAN, NO, YOU CAN’T HAVE HER by eva problems

 

Halo: Combat Evolved | "Speedrunning and Intended Play" with Ronny Ford

Primary Material

  1. General theory of speedrunning: http://gamestudies.org/1401/articles/scullyblaker
  2. The Stanley Parable, Dark Souls, and Intended Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHmivGmkjJw

 

Supplemental Material

  1. Speedrun improvements over time (BotW): https://kotaku-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/kotaku.com/breath-of-the-wild-speedrunning-has-changed-a-lot-in-tw-1832436680/amp?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fkotaku.com%2Fbreath-of-the-wild-speedrunning-has-changed-a-lot-in-tw-1832436680
  2. Developer takes on speedrunning: http://go.galegroup.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/ps/i.do?p=AONE&u=msu_main&id=GALE%7CA320867656&v=2.1&it=r&sid=summon
  3. The Aesthetics of Speedrunning: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uEVXzqjTsc7zPA6TjyrBbtNvOyYW_l3QG1KVEht2qRo/edit?fbclid=IwAR31fj2HhghBQtfmIcvHFfALfQRHWn82WePcDYqXHyGtGMjxgoAYoyMFm2s
  4. Conference paper version of above: https://www.academia.edu/29053989/Aesthetics_of_Speedrunning?fbclid=IwAR2_cwXsqWNTDD4SJ4ShT9FtKDBWdJr7HxGKHppziD0mlsFHoFB--Y39Nc0
  5. On Speedrunning in Final Fantasy: https://figshare.com/articles/Well_Played_--_Vol_5_No_2/6687041
  6. Origins of speedrunning: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1386/jmpr.7.1.25/1?fbclid=IwAR3UjMD8jBJwB4o14xBGQcRaZhUty_TX0iKPrMP82PbJcOhHC9GY8lhJSRc
  7. On Speedrunning’s narrative implications in Zombie games: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1555412018821528?fbclid=IwAR3WJ-Z42G0kTr3JSyBjUOti1bb2QKXoZo0xzAEVDsI06I_ZKA_KElEXyuA
  8. On Speedrunning Communities and E-Sports: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1354856518809667?fbclid=IwAR2JfEfy157cW88c-TPYE51DiresUw6JCxTeKN9y1UIEh0jQPZ4b5Bo7scg
  9. Speedrun variants: https://www-eurogamer-net.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.eurogamer.net/amp/2019-02-07-speedrunner-smashes-fallout-anthology-sex-run-world-record?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurogamer.net%2Farticles%2F2019-02-07-speedrunner-smashes-fallout-anthology-sex-run-world-record 
  10. On Tool-Assisted Speedrunning: http://www.eludamos.org/index.php/eludamos/article/view/vol8no1-2?fbclid=IwAR1azsjPAPRaXTeT7Min9ckzDKFzGk61qzFSA62596l1-7pM-IVZ9_5Pm6g

 

Books:

https://www.amazon.com/Speedrunning-Interviews-Quickest-Gamers-Studies/dp/1476670803?fbclid=IwAR3SHB9EckRlqTGgKWNnOOFvNM2dhz06TqIc6fTLUMvkjnMuksk09Sq7oAg

Book Chapters:

First Chapter of Metagaming

https://manifold.umn.edu/projects/metagaming?fbclid=IwAR0s_11l0voRdo1z2UFTjUaBfqZQKuza13Ac7M3by_TC86WbfB8m8l4ylKc

Ludopolitics has a section:

http://www.zero-books.net/books/ludopolitics?fbclid=IwAR32YAGFuISEYPJvkhExLWqzKkUFfOx6vQcj679vYN-7kZUuk8TUtW7ruS4

 

 

World of Warcraft | "History and Worldbuilding" with Daniel Fandino

Selections TBA

 

Gone Home | "Queer Games" with Cody Mejeur

Selections TBA

 

Suggestions for content that supports critical discussion on any game/topic listed here, or for future issues we might address, are always welcome! Contact Jonah: magarjon@msu.edu

The Rovi Gaming Collection

Many video games are available for checkout and on-site use in the Digital and Multimedia Center (DMC) on 4 West at the MSU Main Library.

 

Check out our full video games catalog, or search by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://catalog.lib.msu.edu/

  2. Type a term to search
    • for a specific title/platform/genre/etc., e.g. "Super Mario"
    • or input an asterisk (*) to return all game listings
  3. Select "ROVI Game Collection" from the drop-down menu, and click "Submit"

 

Often, games and fully-equipped rooms to play them are available for walk-up use in the DMC.

If you wish to reserve space ahead of time, visit https://lib.msu.edu/library-spaces/. "Video Game Lab A" and "Video Game Lab B" are listed under Group Study. The nearby Gaming Alcove (featuring 3 gaming PCs, 6 Macs, and an array of CRT and LCD screens) is available for walk-up use any time.

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