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  • Spring 2023 Game Courses at University of Cincinnati

    Poster designed by Ella Marcil Well, the poster says it all, but I will also put it in text form for explanatory and accessibility purposes. Introduction to Game Design Taught by George “Loki” Williams DMC 2167 Tuesday-Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 pm Are you just starting on your game design journey? This is the course for…

  • RSV is a Thing

    On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to present my latest published article, which is “Anxious Trajectories: Game Studies and German Studies,” to my colleagues in Film & Media Studies at UC. In the exact middle of the 5-minute long lightning talk, I got a phone call from my son’s school and a quick request…

  • March 18th 2022: Symposium: Nosferatu –– 100 Years of Horror

    Nosferatu: 100 Years of Horror Register for the event HERE. Organizers: Ervin Malakaj & Evan Torner Date: Friday, March 18, 2022 Co-Sponsored by the CES Cinema Studies Network and the Weimar Film Network “Nosferatu: Does not this word sound like the call of the death bird at midnight?” For a century, audiences have passed into…

  • 2018 SCMS Central/East/South European Media Essay Award Winners

    On Thursday March 15th, the winner and honorable mentions of the 2018 SCMS Central/East/South European Media Essay Award were announced. The $500 award goes to an exemplary essay published in the field of Central/East/South European Cinema and Media Studies during the 2017 calendar year.  We had 19 submissions this year, which shows the robustness of scholarship in our field.…

  • More Game Quests You’ve Been Waiting For (2017)

    Well, they’re finally here. Here are some more to choose from. Attendance Poll Analysis Quest: To clean up, analyze, and visualize the dataset of attendance poll data across 2 semesters. [DIGITAL SCHOLARS] Procedure: Procure a copy of the Excel file containing the Poll Responses from both semesters and read them with an eye on how the data might…

  • 26 Game Studies Quests (2017)

      For my Film 2008 course at the University of Cincinnati this Spring 2016, each student must complete 3 quests and a Final Boss Challenge. Here are 26 distinct quests for them to choose from. (Can you tell I’m a German and RPG scholar?) A is for Affordances Quest: To describe and theorize affordances in games, and…

  • 26 Game Studies Quests

      For my Film 2008 course at the University of Cincinnati this Spring 2016, each student must complete 3 quests and a Final Boss Challenge. Here are 26 distinct quests for them to choose from. (Can you tell I’m a German and RPG scholar?) A is for Affordances Quest: To describe and theorize affordances in games, and…

  • Gedankenspiel I: The Pen

    [I have written a series of blog posts on paper entitled “Gedankenspiel” that I am entering verbatim into WordPress. The thought is that I write differently by hand than via computer.] I. The pen is not only mightier than the sword, it’s mightier than the COMPUTER. When I confront my students with the task of…

  • 2012: Cryptic

    Ever stared a year in the face? Ever tried to manage your expectations about a year? Ever attempted to come up with a coherent plan for a year, only to watch it crumble inexorably? Though these are all yes/no questions, a year should not pose answers – only more questions. Like this hazy Google Images…

  • Apocalypse Hanoi – An Interview with Jörg Foth about Dschungelzeit (1988)

    This interview with director Jörg Foth regarding Dschungelzeit (1988, Time in the Jungle) was conducted by Evan Torner on October 5, 2010 and in September 2011. It is the first interview Foth has ever given about his experiences in Vietnam. *** DEFA Film Library [DFL]: You began working on the East German/Vietnamese co- production Dschungelzeit…