It’s for real, folks. Except that the slots are limited, not to mention that it is only available for fall semester. So basically, it’s too late to try and connive your way back to the venerable college halls.
The fact that one of the most awaited role-playing video games ever (which, according to Steam continues to be one of the most played games) has made it to the world of formal education is still worth talking about, if only because it might just be the harbinger of good news.
Rice University in Houston, Texas garnered some attention from video game enthusiasts by offering a special course titled Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim.
Having seen the title, it does make more sense, doesn’t it? After all, the game does involve a lot of books, which you may or may not read. I’d like to think that they contain some elements of Nordic culture. Additionally, one can’t ignore the Nordic aspects of the game. Even if your only experience with Skyrim is vicarious, the storyline, characters, and scenery scream Scandinavian/Nordic. ((Confession: I used to use these two words interchangeably, and apparently, many people do so as well. In Northern Europe, though, there is a distinction between the two.))
The Skyrim course has two goals: ((From Rice University))
- It introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture;
Using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy.
I don’t know about you, but that is enough to get me hooked. My wish: Coursera or one of the other similar platforms will offer something like this, if they are not already.
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