Teaching with videogames: exploring game mechanics in VCE Media Narrative
Be a wanderer in a videogame with no overt rules and explore how this format changes your experience of a game’s narrative.
Note: this lesson follows on from Teaching with videogames: VCE Media narrative genre and style.
Year level: 10–11
Subject areas: VCE Media Unit 2 Outcome narrative genre and style
Suggested duration: 2 lessons
- the game Dear Esther ($12) or excerpts on YouTube
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The lesson plan includes links to the Victorian Curriculum, indications of lesson timing, and ideas for differentiation and assessment.
In this lesson, students will
|1.||Explore game rules in developing a game narrative. What happens when a game has no overt rules? How do we know if we're playing right or wrong?|
|2.||Explore the way game mechanics reinforce some behaviours and suggest against other behaviours|
|3.||Introduce game mechanics into a previously developed game storyboard|
By the end of this lesson, students should
|how game mechanics and interactivity build narrative|
|identify features of game design in leading narrative choice|
|incorporate game mechanics into a game narrative of their own|
|build on their understanding of gaming codes and conventions|