Topics touched on in our intro discussion and continued from time to time–check back on our courses page for updates–

  • Bandersnatch, or why movies/streaming content aren’t the interactive medium that games are
A short review of World’s End Club over at The Pixels

“Ah!” said the lion. “A marshmallow at last, at last a marshmallow, at mast a larshmellow.” You can see how nervous and excited he was.

And he picked up the marshmallow. “It’s as light as a feather,” he said.

And he put the marshmallow on his tongue. “Ooh, it’s crispy on the outside,” he said.

And he bit into it with his big teeth. “Ooh, it’s creamy on the inside,” he said.

And he chewed it up.

– Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back, by Shel Silverstein
  • Prisoner’s Dilemma and synchronicity
  • House of Leaves
  • Ace Attorney series
Steam Community :: Screenshot :: made this man sweat, he threw his toupee  at me, how rude
Ah yes, the classic boss-damage-animation of losing your toupee
  • Persona series
  • Dating sims, waifus and weebos
  • Social media mechanics: Redshirt
  • Ghost Trick
  • Visual novel-adventure game distinction: focus on character vs environment
  • Long Live the Queen, VA-11 HALL-A (Valhalla) and other Steam recommendations
  • Subversions: Hatoful Boyfriend, Doki Doki Literature Club! Subsurface Circular and Quarantine Circular (Tarantino-esque), Her Story, Event[0]
  • Fringe: Interactive Fiction, hypertext novels
  • Precursors: Zork, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Starship Titanic

As for suggested readings, why not start with these oldies-but-goodies?

  • Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck