Experimental Game Mechanics

Thomas Wagensommerer
Arts and Society, Experimental Game Cultures
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S30456

Description

Conventional game mechanics can be described as “rule-based methods for agency in the gameworld, designed for overcoming challenges in non-trivial ways.” (Sicart, M. A. (2016a). Mechanics. In H. Lowood & R. Guins (Eds.), Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon. (pp. 297–304). MIT Press)

This course aims to reflects on strategies to approach, research, evaluate, create and define experimental game mechanics to overcome the present state of game mechanics in a playful way.

Throughout the course, we use and misuse modes of digital production to perforate the surface of representation to expose its new flesh. (cf. Videodrome - David Cronenberg 1983)

This course explicitly understands game (or rather: play) as a matter of artistic creation.

 

Examination Modalities

Attendance

Participation

Exercises / Conception of prototypes

Individual research and presentation

Comments

Recommended:

Pre-Installation of the latest version of Unity3D

Laptop with hardware capable of running Unity3D

Camera + Microphone (e.g. Smartphone)

Headphones

Key Words

game art, game mechanics, game engine, unity, artificial intelligence, sound, surrealism, shader, programming, media art

Dates

19 October 2022, 10:00–11:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien (preliminary discussion)
09 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
16 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
23 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
07 December 2022, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
14 December 2022, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
11 January 2023, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
18 January 2023, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien
25 January 2023, 10:00–12:00 PSK Rosenbursenstrasse 3 1st floor (studio 151/152/156) 1010 Wien

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Experimental Game Cultures (Master): Game Development and Reflection: Game Development and Reflection I-III

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible