From Mainframe to Metaverse: Hands on Game History in Art, Technology, Society

Jogi Neufeld
Arts and Society, Experimental Game Cultures
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04096


„The medium is the massage“ (Marshall McLuhan)

The course massages the sensorium for the history of the "leading medium of the 21st century" (Eric Zimmerman). First trials with new technologies at American universities, early mass products, the golden age, artistic and economic diversification and democratisation are explained and hard- and software milestones can be physically tested. The technical, cultural, economic and social developments are conveyed and discussed. The interplays on the local game dev scene are not only theoretically comprehended but the status quo can also be experienced interactively in excursions.

Examination Modalities

Live-Pitch of a Game Prototype

Key Words

game history, game studies, discussion, interactive art, design, media art, electronic media


14 October 2021, 13:00–18:00 MuseumsQuartier / Raum D , "Hands on Game History"
15 October 2021, 13:00–18:00 MuseumsQuartier / Raum D , "Hands on Game History"
05 November 2021, 13:00–18:00, "Game History Austria"
12 November 2021, 13:00–18:00 across Vienna , "Tour to Viennese Game Dev Studios"
03 December 2021, 13:00–16:00, "Pitch Workshop"
14 January 2022, 13:00–16:00, "Pitch Feedback" (preliminary discussion)
21 January 2022, 13:00–17:00, "Live Pitches" (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 02 August 2021, 10:00
via email:

co-registration: possible

Experimental Game Cultures (Master): Free Electives: Free Electives

Individual courses: possible