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Coursera: Online Games Week 2

This week in Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

This week the class is going to dig a little deeper into Tolkien, the social aspect of MMOs and take a look at one of my favorite epic poems: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.

Readings
– J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (complete novel)
– Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Gameplay
This week’s in-game activities ask you to explore (or if you are a more experienced player, help others to explore) the social world of LOTRO. You have two options for completing the in-game assignment:

1. If you are in one of the four Coursera kinships, participate in the games planned for Saturday, July 26, 2014. Take a screenshot of yourself and some of your kin mates at the games.
OR
2. If you are not a member of one of the Coursera kinships, you should join a kinship and have a conversation with another member of the kinship in /kinship chat. Then travel to your kinship house and take a screenshot of yourself in front of or inside it. If your kinship does not have a house, travel to one of the housing areas on your own and explore. Find an interesting place to take a screenshot of your character in the kinship area.

I’ve started watching (well, listening) to the videos for this week already. I’m SUPER excited about Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came! I first ran across this poem in college and I even got a chance to study and discuss it one-on-one with a professor. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came was also Stephen King’s inspiration and muse for his magus opus: The Dark Tower series (which was originally titled series titled “Wizard and Glass.”

I have to admit – I’m a little behind. I haven’t completed all of the readings and gameplay for last week as of yet. O_O I need to get on it as I have some assignments to turn in.

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Coursera: MOOC Learning – Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

I decided to take a MMOC free online class with Coursera. The class I’m taking is named Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. So excited!

We’re currently in Week 1 of the course. During this week our assignments include:

Readings
– J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (“Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One)
– Jesper Juul’s Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds (first 7-pages of the “Introduction” )- Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”

(Computer) Gameplay for Week 1 (required for students on the Distinction Track; optional for all others):
– Download and install Lord of the Rings Online
– Create a character
– Complete the Tutorial and the Intro quests

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