Lecture: An Afternoon at (Virtual) Walden
Director of the University of Southern California Games Program, Tracy Fullerton, and a panel of Loyola faculty will discuss the impact and possibilities of using games to understand and analyze texts. Fullerton's work on Walden, a game will be the featured example.
"Walden, a game, simulates the experiment in living made by Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond in 1845-47, allowing players to walk in his virtual footsteps, attend to the tasks of living a self-reliant existence, discover in the beauty of a virtual landscape the ideas and writings of this unique philosopher, and cultivate through gameplay their own thoughts and responses to the concepts discovered there. The game takes place in a real-time 3D environment which replicates the geography of Walden Pond and the woods in which Thoreau made his home. Beyond the replication of a virtual environment, however, the gameplay itself embodies the experiment that Thoreau set for himself, reinforcing the basic messages of his work." -- Fullerton
Join us on Monday, November 13th from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm in the IC 4th-floor lecture hall.