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You Can Now Study Skyrim at Rice University

Rice University is offering a course titled Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim in which students will explore how real Scandinavian tales and history influenced the game. It looks like a fun course!

My big question is if they’ll address my favourite Icelandic tale about the necropants.

This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim. While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits. We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.

Portal 2 Joins Skyrim in Steam Workshop Next Week

Skyrim has been on the Steam Workshop for a few months now and has seen some nifty things come out of it. Valve has announced that Portal 2 will get a level creator on the Steam Workshop too.

The Verge is reporting that May 8 will be the official release date for the creation kit. Of course, it’s Valve so don’t forget to adjust your clocks to Valve Time.

I haven’t had a good chance to explore the creation kits in detail but I’m interested in seeing how I can use the workshop to help teach game design.

You can get more info on the Skyrim Game Creation Kit here.

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