Title page for ETD etd-04282006-163736

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Beale, Matthew Carson
Author's Email Address mabeale@vt.edu
URN etd-04282006-163736
Title Playing the Writing Game: Gaming the Writing Play
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Siegle, Robert B. Committee Chair
George, Diana L. Committee Member
Heilker, Paul V. Committee Member
  • composition
  • game theory
  • Video games
  • digital theory
  • digital
  • multimodal
Date of Defense 2006-04-26
Availability unrestricted
My studies consider the application of digital game theory to the instruction of writing in the first year composition classroom. I frame my argument through dialectic of representation and simulation and the cultural shift now in progress from the latter to the former. I first address the history of multimodal composition in the writing classroom, specifically noting the movement from analysis to design. In the third chapter, I examine several primary tenants of video game theory in relation to traditional academic writing, such as the concept of authorship and the importance of a rule system. My final chapter combines the multimodal and digital game theory to create what I term “digital game composition pedagogy.” The last chapter offers new ways to discuss writing and composing through the theories of video games, and shows how video games extend the theories associated with writing to discussions that coincide with an interest that many of our students have outside of the classroom.
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