How many times did you sit in class daydreaming about playing video games? If you were like me, it happened a lot. It was no surprise that my grades suffered as a result. If there was some college that offered a video game as text I might have actually finished college the first time around. Now that college exists and it’s located in my home state of Indiana.
The brainchild of Michael Abbot from The Brainy Gamer, who will be teaching the class, thought it answered one of the central themes of the Enduring Questions course: Who am I? This class will be required for every student at Wabash College and they won’t be able to graduate without it. Even though Portal is just a small part of the course, it is still cool that a video game is a required text.
It would be quite hard to teach a game to a class without requiring the acquisition of a game console or PC for every student but that’s why the choice of Portal works so well. You can buy it on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and more recently the Mac. Every student has a computer and it’s as easy as downloading the Steam client. Students shouldn’t worry about the price either. The game is way cheaper than many text books they’ll be purchasing this fall.
I have yet to finish Portal but the prospect of examining a game deeper than I usually do has piqued my interest. Now I just have to find time to read.
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