MOOC on Gaming (Summer, 2014)


You can view the syllabus, course materials, and videos for the Coursera MOOC on the web site for “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative.” Classes run July 14 – August 24, 2014.

Transcripts of the six week’s of lectures are available here.

Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

Week 1: Game on! The history and theory of MMOs Reading for Week 1:

Reading for Week 1:

  • J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
    Read the “Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One of the novel.
  • Jesper Juul’s Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
    Read the first 7-pages of the “introduction, ” available online for free as a downloadable Pdf file at:
  • Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”
    Available for free in the original Greek and several English translations at “The Official Website of the Cavafy Archive.” In the videos, we have used the translation by Daniel Mendelsohn:

Gameplay for Week 1 (required for students on the Distinction Track; optional for all others):

Download and install Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). If you are already playing LOTRO, feel free to continue with your present account, but the following servers are recommended for those…

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