Telecommunications | Topical Seminar in Telecommunications
T195 | 0667 | Watrall, E.

Semester: Summer I 2004

Course Code: T195

Section Number: 0667

Instructor's Name: Ethan Watrall

Name of the Course: From Pong to Playstation: the Social History of
Video Games

Course Description:

In 1952, A.S. Douglas wrote his PhD degree at the University of
Cambridge on Human-Computer interaction. Douglas created the first
graphical computer game - a version of Tic-Tac-Toe. The game was
programmed on an EDSAC vacuum-tube computer, which had a cathode ray
tube display. The rest, as they say, is history. 50 years later,
video games are a multi billion dollar industry, and have become
worthy of mainstream attention and scholarly study.

From Pong to Playstation: the Social History of Videogames is an
introductory survey course designed to provide students with an
opportunity to explore the foundations, development, and current
state of interactive entertainment as well as the interactive
entertainment industry. The course will take a socio-historical
approach to the subject, exploring not just the lineage of game
technology, genres, and trends, but the impact that the industry had
on society and vice versa.

Assigned Textbooks and Readings:

This course has 2 assigned textbooks:

* Kent, Steven, The Ultimate History of Video Games (Prima
Publishing, 2001)

* Poole, Steven, Trigger Happy ( Arcade Publishing, 2000)

In addition to the textbook readings, additional readings will be
assigned throughout the semester. Any additional readings that are
not located on the Web will be on the IUB eReserves system

Meeting Times:
D - 10:20A-11:35A