ATEC 3353 - GAME STUDIES: DELIVERABLE 2 TOPICS IN GAME STUDIES FORMAL PAPER

FORMAT 30% / CONTENT 40% / REFERENCES 20%

IN SHORT: You will write a journal style article (essay) following the publication standards of a conference or journal publication. The length and format will be heavily standardized in this technical writing piece. The subject matter can be any scholarly subject within games, but not a specific game analysis. STEPS: NOW: Brainstorm topics! Focus on hot issues in game studies. Topic ideas might include things like: “The structure of MMO communities,” “Technology trends in consoles,” “The real effects of violent games – an empirical analysis of existing studies,” “Gender portrayals in single player RPG worlds,” “Trending in handheld devices,” “Kinesthetic input methods in games,” etc… ***DUE NEXT WEEK! \/ \/ \/*** ABSTRACT DUE DATE: ___________________

Write a ONE PARAGRAPH abstract due next week describing the depth and breadth of your topic for approval. Include a clearly identifiable thesis and summary of your (anticipated) research leading to a specific conclusion. (*Note: This will likely change! When it does you will rewrite it after you complete your paper and replace your early assumptions with new data in the final version you turn in. So long as your overall topic does not change you do not need to resubmit it.) *You will know if your topic has been approved by the end of next class period. Write your paper following the guidelines attached. Formal papers such as this adhere to strict guidelines on length and format depending on the conference or publisher. Use the word-file template (on the blog) to write your paper and pay close attention to the instructions within it. Also adhere to the style sheet guidelines and submission format. Length is an absolute and can not be exceeded or your paper may be dropped (in the real world) from the publication entirely. FULL PAPER DUE DATE: __________________ This is a SCHOLARLY WORK and therefore requires citations! Pay close attention to the citation and style guide as it is the difference between a passing and failing grade for an otherwise mediocre paper. (Reminder: Late work is -10 per week so don’t do that!)

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