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Why do people play games? How do people play games? What can games teach us about people? This class aims to give learners an opportunity to discuss and think about why people play games, and how people form strategies and preferences about the games they play. As an icebreaker, learners will be asked to share a little about the games that they play. This class is suitable for players of any type of games - it can be computer/video games, tabletop games, outdoor games, sports, or something...
This class is taught in English.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The player types (Achievers, Explorers, Socialisers, and Killers) reflect styles of playing within a game (for example, selecting objectives such as unlocking rewards, finding all collectibles, connecting with other players, or beating all the enemies). Despite the name 'killers' as one category, this does not signify any specifically violent content in the context of the class, and will be discussed in terms of beating or capturing "baddies" or opponents within age-appropriate games.
Original sources/citations for academic research and theoretical concepts used in the class Perspectives on motivation - academic theories: 1) Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-9. 2) Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. (1975). Beyond Boredom and Anxiety: The Experience of Play in Work and Games. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. "Player types" academic research article: Bartle, R. (1996). Hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades: Players who suit MUDs. Journal of MUD research, 1(1), 19. Player Psychology and Game Design - Will Wright's Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/will-wright-teaches-game-design-and-theory/chapters/exploring-player-psychology
Dr Steph Acaster
Online Educator and Psychology PhD graduate
🇬🇧Lives in the United Kingdom
161 total reviews
195 completed classes
ABOUT ME I love learning, and I enjoy exploring knowledge and finding new ways to combine topics or teach them in different ways. I am a full-time online educator and I teach a range of subject areas, including Psychology, Math(s), Biology, and...