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bolt
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University gaming class

Hey all. I have a quick question for all the gamers here. I currently teach a university class called “The Art and Culture of Electronic Games.” The class is a 3 credit hour elective. In the class we discuss everything from Play Theory, Gender Inequality, all the way through the business processes and decisions and everything in between. One of the things I am looking to do is boost my class sizes. One thing I was planning on doing was having business cards made and distributing them in places where students congregate. I have a couple of question if you are willing to answer them:

What would get you attention on a business card? What kinds of wording and designs do think would be most effective?

Do you have any other ideas for promoting the class to both gamers and non-gamers?

Thanks for any replies. Every response is appreciated.
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Archivis
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How does your course relate overall to the types of degrees that people are getting? Are they getting computer science degrees or business degrees or graphic design? Are they aiming towards a field that's in gaming?
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Phantasee

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reply to bolt

I see this appealing to social degrees, mass communications, psychology, IT, computer science. Seems to have great potential.



Blockfire
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reply to bolt

I think fliers would be more appropriate. Basically, with everything you have in your post. I think most gamers 18+ would be interested in a class like that.



Dissembled

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Indianapolis, IN
reply to bolt

You'd catch my attention if you had some Space Invaders on your business card. Something from my golden impressionable years of video gaming.

Seeing how they aren't quite as old as me, I'd say put some Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto themed things on there.

They may show up thinking they're going to get to play video games the entire hour though.



bolt
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reply to Blockfire

The problems with flyers is that there are a limited number of places I can put up flyers. I can dump business cards practically anywhere.



bolt
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reply to Dissembled

We do play games. Just not all the time. In addition, I am going to try to do this Online this coming fall semester. It should be interesting.



bolt
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Some are. But it's an elective, and every one getting a degree needs two or three electives. I have had everyone from business seniors to computer programming freshmen in the class. This will be the fourth year I've taught the class, but the first time I am teaching it online.



Archivis
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It just seems like a waste... like you could glean all of the important information from a news article if you really wanted to know.
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reply to bolt

said by bolt:

The problems with flyers is that there are a limited number of places I can put up flyers. I can dump business cards practically anywhere.

I would go that route along with putting some of those up on the old cork boards if the university still uses those (some don't anymore). With those people can hold onto them and/or pass them along to others.
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reply to Archivis

said by Archivis:

It just seems like a waste... like you could glean all of the important information from a news article if you really wanted to know.

You aren't going to get a serious, in-depth discussion (which is what the class is for... ideas honing ideas) about gender stereotypes in videogames from a news article.
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I'd do a couple different cards, one for each theme. Gender and racism? Geralt from the Witcher and femShep.

Female stereotypes? Miranda from Mass Effect, the new Lara from Tomb Raider, or Sona from League of Legends.

Business decisions? SWTOR, LoL, or Mass Effect, with the text "Day 1 DLC" or "Pay to win!"

Turn them into something like the Taco Bell sauce packets... come up with 4-6 different ones and leave a couple different ones around.
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reply to bolt

Put an indentifiable character that everyone knows on the card. Style it into a Super Mario Bros theme.

It'll be instantly recognizable by people, then they'll pick it up and read.



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Something like this... I dunno, this sucks, I'm not a graphics artist.


Dissembled

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reply to bolt

said by bolt:

The problems with flyers is that there are a limited number of places I can put up flyers. I can dump business cards practically anywhere.

Business cards can be graphically artistic. Be creative and use the back side of the card.


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reply to bolt

I'd go off campus and leave flyers/cards at the businesses that might attract gamers around town. I'm not sure what you have there but if it were me I'd ask if I could hang them in windows or leave them on the counters of shops like Gamestop, Slackers, Dave and Busters, Buffalo Wild Wings, local pizza joints, popular bars, etc. Any place the students hang out. Maybe develop a QR scode they can scan with their phone that links to the class on the University's enrollment site (dunno if that's possible or not).
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bolt
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reply to bolt

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I have some ideas to move forward with.



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reply to bolt

I was chatting with someone the other day. About the seeming lack of interest my boys have in sex. Be it showing an interest in girls or boys.

I was telling how odd that was to me. Because I seem to recall how much of a hound I was back then. Trying to talk to the gals, check them out, etc.
It seems my kids are more interested in games then anything else. That person said their kids are the same way, and that from what they have read, it's the modern teen life.

Which could explain the large drop in teen pregnancy. As the kids would rather IM and play games on line vs hanging out/hooking up.
But then again, my kids are only 14.
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me1212

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I doubt they will change for a while. I and most of my friends(both male and female) are the same way. Most of out free(not at school/work) time is spent gaming, be it with each other, solo, or online with people we don't know. We do hang out with each other and have lans from time to time, but really most of our group gaming is done from our own homes. Very few of us have relationships or are even interested in them, those of us that do are ether dating or married to other gamers. Yes in the same circle most of the time.

Not just our group ether, at my college it happens a lot lot. Most the people I know(acquaintances/not friends) are more interested in computers/gaming than relationships. Even just sitting in the campus center quite often girls can be overheard complaining how the guy they like is more interested in gaming than dating.

Not sure how representative of the country as a whole that is.



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I love video games. I don't love video games that much.



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reply to Snakeoil

said by Snakeoil:

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Which could explain the large drop in teen pregnancy. As the kids would rather IM and play games on line vs hanging out/hooking up.
But then again, my kids are only 14.

A lot of kids aren't on that level at 14, I wasn't, but it happened shortly after.

My advice? Enjoy the peace and quiet for now.
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