Designing Achilles in a Video Game

This course will, through both reading the source materials and playing games, examine and understand what the Greeks knew of the hero's role in story and culture and then look at how those ideas have come down to us and how we can use them to design better games.

Course Number: 53-352

The influence of Greek epic poetry on the evolution of both Western heroes themselves and their portrayals in video games cannot be over overstated. Whether the medium be feature films, comic books, or games (both video games and tabletop games), all that we understand as a "hero" begins with stories the Greeks told about Achilles, the prototypical hero of all Greek culture. This course will, through both reading the source materials and playing games, examine and understand what the Greeks knew of the hero's role in story and culture and then look at how those ideas have come down to us and how we can use them to design better games. Assignments will include both analytical writing as well as explorations of gameplay in projects built by the students.


Course Type: Supportive Course
Offered By: Entertainment Technology
Program: Game Design

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