Canons

The premise of this course is that videogames, when viewed as cultural artifacts, occupy the same aesthetically and (sometimes politically) motivated practice of canon-building. Our starting point is the list of 10 games proposed by a team of experts for special attention by the Library of Congress.

The original 10

  • Spacewar!
  • Zork
  • SimCity
  • Civilization I/II
  • Warcraft
  • Star Raiders
  • Tetris
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Doom
  • Sensible Soccer

In addition, each iteration so far of this course has negotiated and proposed its own list:

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2009

Spring 2011

  • Mario Kart
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Halo (series)
  • World of Warcraft
  • Final Fantasy Series
  • Counter-Strike
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Bioshock