Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Gaming and writing

Even though I've only been playing WoW for a few months, I've been engaged in many other games since the advent of Pong (so for a long time). Once I jumped into the field of writing, I've long thought of games as text (in the same way that films and tv shows are text). But Liz Losh points out something I knew, but didn't quite register until now--that no one in the writing field has really addressed gaming and writing as connected or written about games in the same way that films or tv has been written about. Douglas Eyman, someone I've long kept an eye on even from my position somewhat outside of the rhet/comp field, is starting a group for researchers interested gaming's connections to rhetoric and composition called "Digital Games/Digital Rhetoric: A Consortium of Scholars in Games and Writing Studies." That's a research group I feel like I'd be welcomed into.