CMS.600 / CMS.998 Videogame Theory and Analysis

Fall 2007

Photo of three students working on a handheld videogame.
Class TA Kristina Drzaic (center) and students Kenny Peng (left) and Clara Rhee (right) examine a game for the Nintendo DS system. (Photo by Dr. Alice Robison.)

Course Highlights

This course includes student work relating to the videogame played during the semester.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the interdisciplinary academic study of videogames, examining their cultural, educational, and social functions in contemporary settings. By playing, analyzing, and reading and writing about videogames, we will examine debates surrounding how they function within socially situated contexts in order to better understand games' influence on and reflections of society. Readings will include contemporary videogame theory and the completion of a contemporary commercial videogame chosen in consultation with the instructor.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Alice Robison, course materials for CMS.600 / CMS.998 Videogame Theory and Analysis, Fall 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
3 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate