Videogames and Genre Storytelling Week 2 Video Lecture: Special Topics in Horror and Character Alignment

Please find some time to view this 22-minute video lecture between now and our Zoom conference call, which will convene at the normal time. You can expect our Zoom conference call to be shorter and more discussion-based as a result.

Blog Re-organization for Online Teaching

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Ian here—

Just a quick heads-up that I’m doing some minor re-organization to this blog in response to the shift to remote learning this quarter at U Chicago. It’s not exactly unusual to see student posts on this blog, but now they’ll be accompanied by a swath of asynchronous video lectures I’ve been putting together. It’s going to be a real firehose of activity, making up for a dry spell over here since December.

If you’d just like to see the usual announcements about general-audience video essays and things like that, click the helpful “Posts by Ian” tab to clear out the online teaching material.

HER STORY Complete Transcript

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Ian here, cooped up during the shelter-in-place order and busy prepping for this quarter’s classes.

So I did that thing again, where I’m preparing to teach and/or critically analyze a game, make a guide for myself, and I figure I might as well put it online for public consumption. This time, it’s a complete transcript of all of the video assets in HER STORY, Sam Barlow’s 2015 full-motion video adventure that plays devious games with its script, before it ever adopted video format.

If you’ve ever wanted to fill in a pesky block in the HER STORY‘s in-game Database Checker while chasing the “Detective Chief Inspector” achievement, this guide is for you. As for me, it will be a course tool when I teach the game again this quarter, and it forms the research backbone of my next video essay.

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Too Rigged to Fail

A belated third entry in my video series on detective games. The pace of these has been slow, but I’m going to have to step it up, as these are intimately related to course prep for a course I’m teaching in the Spring term of 2020.

Script below the jump.

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