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Playing Yourself: The Rhetoric of Games

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Welcome to Playing Yourself: The Rhetoric of Games, a podcast series produced by students in David Morgen’s Play, Make, Write, Think class at Emory University. If, as Bernard Suits says, a game is “the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles,” then why do games continue to captivate our time, attention, and disposable income? In each episode, we choose one game to play with a critical eye, analyzing its rhetorical situation, the sorts of obstacles it creates, the types of decisions players make in playing, the values or ways of thinking the game encourages, and the impact the game has. We’ll pay attention to the medium of games as well as their messages. And ultimately we come to the question: when playing a game, are you playing the game, or are you playing yourself?

Latest Episodes

Mentally Stimulate Me

Mentally stimulate me, a game that reveals your true opinions and thoughts. A multiple choice game with pretty controversial questions. In this podcast episode, Ashley and I discuss the game in a new light, exploring its hidden agenda, political stance, and targeted audience. Tune in and get the tea (that was a pun based off the fact that the game uses millennial language, you wouldn’t know that until you listen to the podcast, though).

14 MINAPR 26
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Mentally Stimulate Me

The Sims

In this episode, we discuss the widely-known game series: The Sims. We break down format of the game to identify how this game series has managed to remain successful over the years. Additionally, although most players may not put much thought to it, the game exposes the natural tendencies of humans through their actions as players of this game, which are further observed in this episode of Playing Yourself. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.304809-Sadistic-Things-Youve-Done-in-The-Sims https://www.polygon.com/2013/8/26/4654086/the-sims-4-are-a-better-reflection-of-who-we-are-as-humans-today Katie Ly, interview

12 MINAPR 24
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The Sims

College Admissions

In this week’s episode, we have tried to touch on an unconventional game structure. We will be talking about the college admissions process and how this is a big game. Since, it is such a big decision of everyone’s lives, everyone wants to cross as many stages as possible: Resume, Essays, Grades, Standardised Tests etc. In doing so, people forget the true importance of education-learning, We end up focusing on the quantitative aspects of education like grades and GPA rather than qualitative aspects like: learning, team-work, and creativity. We will go deeper into this topic in our podcast and unveil many more aspects of the admissions process which contradicts the values the admissions committee tries to promote. Stay tuned to learn the real values of education and see for yourself what values you want to inculcate.

10 MINAPR 24
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College Admissions

Minecraft

In this week’s episode of Playing yourself, Doraemon and The Kid will talk about Minecraft. Minecraft is one of the most popular sandbox video game that allows players to express their own creativity. Despite the negative connotation on the video game, many schools adopted “MinecraftEdu” as their learning tool. Therefore, this episode will analyze the different aspects of Minecraft that opened up the mind of the educator and the gamification of learning.

11 MINAPR 19
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Minecraft

Kahoot

In this episode of Playing Yourself, Princess Peach and J explore the popular classroom game called Kahoot!. This game is frequently used by educators to test their students’ knowledge with multiple choice questions that are answered using electronic devices. This episode explores the benefits that come with playing the game (like increasing student engagement) juxtaposed with some disadvantages such as not being able to accurately assess how well the students understand the course content. Tune in and decide for yourself whether Kahoot! is an effective classroom learning tool.

11 MINAPR 18
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Kahoot

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Gowas a phenomenal game the day it came out. Today in this episode of Playing Yourself, we trace back the history of Pokemon Go and analyzehow this particular game influences people’s lives. While a successful implementation of augmented reality bring the game tightly connected to the physical space of the players located in the real world, the game’s core values of exercise, community, and exploration are actually intruding people’s everyday lifestyle. Furthermore, we also expose how people can treat around the system, bringing out the question of whether or not a game should explicitly lay out itsoriginal intention to get the players do what the game developer wants them to do. But at the end of the day, attention should be payed to the closer and closer relationship between the games and our lives. The game is no longer only a form of entertainment, it’s a part of how we live and how we stay alive. Sources: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/why-pokemon-go-is-still-wickedl...

12 MINAPR 17
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Pokemon Go

Cards Against Humanity

On this episode of playing yourself, we are talking about “Cards Against Humanity”, a really well-known game for a party and dirty jokes. However, Cards Against Humanity has more than that. We are going to examine what this game is, the pros and cons of this game, why people are attracted to this “party game for horrible people”, and the game that is similar to this. Sources:

11 MINAPR 17
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Cards Against Humanity

The Rhetoric of Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

In this week’s episode of Playing Yourself, Otis and Price will be discussing the most recent version of Monopoly: Monopoly: Cheaters Edition. This is a variant of the original game and as such, it has the same basic mechanics and rules. However, the twist is that everyone is allowed to cheat! While this is somewhat true, it doesn’t paint the full picture. The game offers rewards to challenges that consist of actions considered cheating in traditional Monopoly. It is a fun change of pace from other board games and also asks important questions about how the rules of games affect our moral compass. We will be examining the implications of Hasbro creating this version of the classic board game. Thank you for tuning in!

11 MINAPR 9
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The Rhetoric of Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

The Rhetoric of Red Dead Redemption 2

In this week’s episode of Playing Yourself, we are discussing the game “Red Dead Redemption 2” which is the third in the “Red Dead” series. This is an open world roaming game filled with seemingly unnecessary detail that is comparable to a western version of GTA 5. Its campaign mode is filled with crime, intrigue, and chaos which truly gives the player a taste of the wild west. We will examine how the inclusion of minute details such as the birds are used to make a statement about video games as a whole and whether this blockbuster game was designed this way for spectacle, or meaning.

10 MINAPR 9
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The Rhetoric of Red Dead Redemption 2

Life is Hard

On this episode of playing yourself, we are talking about “The Game of Life,” a board game meant to be a simulation of everyday life displaying the struggles of debt and common larger expenses. We examine the history of the game and its many faults both socioeconomically and in its overall structure. We question whether or not this game actually reflects life, especially in the 21st century, or does it sell a dream to adolescent kids, teaching that becoming a millionaire is as easy as spinning a wheel.

12 MINMAR 20
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Life is Hard
the END

Latest Episodes

Mentally Stimulate Me

Mentally stimulate me, a game that reveals your true opinions and thoughts. A multiple choice game with pretty controversial questions. In this podcast episode, Ashley and I discuss the game in a new light, exploring its hidden agenda, political stance, and targeted audience. Tune in and get the tea (that was a pun based off the fact that the game uses millennial language, you wouldn’t know that until you listen to the podcast, though).

14 MINAPR 26
Comments
Mentally Stimulate Me

The Sims

In this episode, we discuss the widely-known game series: The Sims. We break down format of the game to identify how this game series has managed to remain successful over the years. Additionally, although most players may not put much thought to it, the game exposes the natural tendencies of humans through their actions as players of this game, which are further observed in this episode of Playing Yourself. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.304809-Sadistic-Things-Youve-Done-in-The-Sims https://www.polygon.com/2013/8/26/4654086/the-sims-4-are-a-better-reflection-of-who-we-are-as-humans-today Katie Ly, interview

12 MINAPR 24
Comments
The Sims

College Admissions

In this week’s episode, we have tried to touch on an unconventional game structure. We will be talking about the college admissions process and how this is a big game. Since, it is such a big decision of everyone’s lives, everyone wants to cross as many stages as possible: Resume, Essays, Grades, Standardised Tests etc. In doing so, people forget the true importance of education-learning, We end up focusing on the quantitative aspects of education like grades and GPA rather than qualitative aspects like: learning, team-work, and creativity. We will go deeper into this topic in our podcast and unveil many more aspects of the admissions process which contradicts the values the admissions committee tries to promote. Stay tuned to learn the real values of education and see for yourself what values you want to inculcate.

10 MINAPR 24
Comments
College Admissions

Minecraft

In this week’s episode of Playing yourself, Doraemon and The Kid will talk about Minecraft. Minecraft is one of the most popular sandbox video game that allows players to express their own creativity. Despite the negative connotation on the video game, many schools adopted “MinecraftEdu” as their learning tool. Therefore, this episode will analyze the different aspects of Minecraft that opened up the mind of the educator and the gamification of learning.

11 MINAPR 19
Comments
Minecraft

Kahoot

In this episode of Playing Yourself, Princess Peach and J explore the popular classroom game called Kahoot!. This game is frequently used by educators to test their students’ knowledge with multiple choice questions that are answered using electronic devices. This episode explores the benefits that come with playing the game (like increasing student engagement) juxtaposed with some disadvantages such as not being able to accurately assess how well the students understand the course content. Tune in and decide for yourself whether Kahoot! is an effective classroom learning tool.

11 MINAPR 18
Comments
Kahoot

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Gowas a phenomenal game the day it came out. Today in this episode of Playing Yourself, we trace back the history of Pokemon Go and analyzehow this particular game influences people’s lives. While a successful implementation of augmented reality bring the game tightly connected to the physical space of the players located in the real world, the game’s core values of exercise, community, and exploration are actually intruding people’s everyday lifestyle. Furthermore, we also expose how people can treat around the system, bringing out the question of whether or not a game should explicitly lay out itsoriginal intention to get the players do what the game developer wants them to do. But at the end of the day, attention should be payed to the closer and closer relationship between the games and our lives. The game is no longer only a form of entertainment, it’s a part of how we live and how we stay alive. Sources: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/why-pokemon-go-is-still-wickedl...

12 MINAPR 17
Comments
Pokemon Go

Cards Against Humanity

On this episode of playing yourself, we are talking about “Cards Against Humanity”, a really well-known game for a party and dirty jokes. However, Cards Against Humanity has more than that. We are going to examine what this game is, the pros and cons of this game, why people are attracted to this “party game for horrible people”, and the game that is similar to this. Sources:

11 MINAPR 17
Comments
Cards Against Humanity

The Rhetoric of Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

In this week’s episode of Playing Yourself, Otis and Price will be discussing the most recent version of Monopoly: Monopoly: Cheaters Edition. This is a variant of the original game and as such, it has the same basic mechanics and rules. However, the twist is that everyone is allowed to cheat! While this is somewhat true, it doesn’t paint the full picture. The game offers rewards to challenges that consist of actions considered cheating in traditional Monopoly. It is a fun change of pace from other board games and also asks important questions about how the rules of games affect our moral compass. We will be examining the implications of Hasbro creating this version of the classic board game. Thank you for tuning in!

11 MINAPR 9
Comments
The Rhetoric of Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

The Rhetoric of Red Dead Redemption 2

In this week’s episode of Playing Yourself, we are discussing the game “Red Dead Redemption 2” which is the third in the “Red Dead” series. This is an open world roaming game filled with seemingly unnecessary detail that is comparable to a western version of GTA 5. Its campaign mode is filled with crime, intrigue, and chaos which truly gives the player a taste of the wild west. We will examine how the inclusion of minute details such as the birds are used to make a statement about video games as a whole and whether this blockbuster game was designed this way for spectacle, or meaning.

10 MINAPR 9
Comments
The Rhetoric of Red Dead Redemption 2

Life is Hard

On this episode of playing yourself, we are talking about “The Game of Life,” a board game meant to be a simulation of everyday life displaying the struggles of debt and common larger expenses. We examine the history of the game and its many faults both socioeconomically and in its overall structure. We question whether or not this game actually reflects life, especially in the 21st century, or does it sell a dream to adolescent kids, teaching that becoming a millionaire is as easy as spinning a wheel.

12 MINMAR 20
Comments
Life is Hard
the END
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