Disturbed, Disoriented, and Disrupted

The Video Game Scholarly Interest Group will be meeting on Friday, April 27th at 5pm.  The theme for the April meeting is “Disturbed, Disoriented, and Disrupted Bodies,” and we’ll be playing/discussing Octodad, QWOP, and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy.

We hope you can make it!


It’s all about the aesthetics in March

Join the Video Game SIG in March as we talk about the “look” of video games and especially those games that seem to be as much about the aesthetic as anything else…

On Friday, March 30th, from 5-7pm in State Hall 326, undergraduate Steven Proudfoot will lead discussion on game aesthetics and aesthetic gamesWe’ll be playing Cuphead and Hotline Miami, among other things.

We hope you can make it!


How does it work when you try to adapt a video game into a film or comic book?  What about the other way around–what happens when you try to adapt a film into a video game?

From the disastrous ET game of the 1980s to the many iterations of Lara Croft on film, in February we’ll be discussing Video Game Adaptations.

Our February meeting will be Friday, February 23rd at 5pm in State Hall 326.  Our discussion on Video Game Adaptations will be led by Ph.D. student Matt Linton.

Hope to see you there!


First meeting of the new semester

In January, we’re switching our attention to HORROR GAMES

Where: State Hall 326

When: Friday, Jan. 26th from 5-7pm

What makes an effective horror game?  Is it the same sort of things that make for a good horror movie or novel?  How do game designers manage to scare us?  And what’s the allure of horror games anyway?

We’ll be playing a variety of horror titles, so drop by and weigh in on the discussion.

As always, all members of the Wayne State community and all levels of experience, from newbies to hard-core gamers, are welcome.  So join us as we play and talk about why we play such gruesome, grisly, and gory games.


December Meeting

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, Dec. 8th from 5-7pm in State Hall 326 for our final meeting of the semester.

The theme for this month is puzzle games and discussion and gameplay will be led by undergraduate student Miranda Keyes.

Hope to see you there!


November’s meeting will be on Friday, Nov. 17th from 4-6pm in State Hall 326.  We will be playing/discussing MMOs.

Please note that our meeting will start an hour earlier than usual.

October Meeting

Our October meeting will be Friday, Oct. 20th at 5pm in State Hall 326. 

This month, we’ll be focusing on FromSoftware’s Bloodborne and Ph.D. student Kevin Ball will be leading the discussion.  Kevin has recently published an essay on Bloodborne lore in the journal Transformative Works and Cultures and we encourage you to follow this link and read it before the meeting.

But even if you don’t, we hope you’ll join us for a discussion of Bloodborne and lore more generally as well as some gameplay.

As always, all members of the Wayne State community are invited to participate, and we welcome all with an interest in scholarly discussions of video games and video game culture.