Opening Tuesday, January 12th, at 6PM
Patrick Jagoda, author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification, will be joined in conversation with Alenda Y. Chang, author of Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games, and Ashlyn Sparrow, Assistant Director of the Weston Game Lab at the University of Chicago.
In our increasingly networked world, digital games, board games, role playing games, escape rooms, and other types of games command an ever-expanding audience. At the same time, “gamification” has imposed unprecedented levels of competition, repetition, and quantification on daily life. In Experimental Games, Patrick Jagoda argues that games need not be synonymous with gamification. He examines a broad variety of mainstream and independent games that intervene in the neoliberal project from the inside out.
Patrick Jagoda is professor of English and cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and executive editor of Critical Inquiry. He is the author of Network Aesthetics, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and coauthor of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer.
Alenda Y. Chang is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she co-directs the Wireframe media studio. Chang is also a founding co-editor of the open-access journal, Media+Environment.
Ashlyn Sparrow is Assistant Director of the Weston Game Lab at the University of Chicago.
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