07 July 2014

Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

Vanderbilt University is once again offering its free course on Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative via Coursera. The course, which focuses on Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings Online, explores the process of turning a popular story or film into a video game.

In a recent e-mail update, instructor Jay Clayton noted that there have been a few updates to the course this year:
We’ve been working on several improvements to the course.  Last week we wrapped up filming a new gameplay session set in Helm’s Deep and Isengard, where we had the chance to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the other defenders of King Theoden’s mountain retreat. From there, we went on to witness the Last March of the Ents on Isengard.  Both experiences provided new insights into how video games can handle tricky narrative situations.
The 7-week course will begin on July 14 and run through September 1. Interested students can register (and learn more about the course) here.

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