UC Berkeley offering Starcraft course?
Source: University of California Berkeley students can get credit for learning about Starcraft, according to a report on the blog Tumeroks, which points to another Web site specifically set up for the class. What we heard: As gaming becomes a larger part of our culture, it's only natural that the...
Source: University of California Berkeley students can get credit for learning about Starcraft, according to a report on the blog Tumeroks, which points to another Web site specifically set up for the class.
What we heard: As gaming becomes a larger part of our culture, it's only natural that the subject would eventually become the subject of academic dissection. Still, a college course dedicated to high-level gameplay theory for Starcraft? That could be a bit of a leap. Then again, if Starcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment can help kids get into college with the World of Warcraft SAT primer, who's to say the studio can't help get them through college as well?
While the Tumeroks blog and the home page for the course contained plenty of specifics about what would be taught (including a full syllabus), the home page was noticeably not hosted on the University's own servers. The official Berkeley Web site didn't list the Starcraft class on its course schedule, either.
However, the Berkeley site did note the school's DeCal program (Democratic Education at Cal), a selection of student-run, faculty-sponsored courses offered on topics of sometimes debatable merit. However, even this semester's DeCal course listings contain no mention of the Starcraft course.
The course would fit right in to the DeCal program, which is currently offering courses on photography, Cantonese, the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, the ethics of Star Trek, and advanced speed techniques for solving the Rubik's Cube. Gaming has been the subject of DeCal programs in the past, with courses offered in Counter-Strike level design, the history of games, and storytelling in interactive entertainment with a focus on Silent Hill, Portal, Chrono Trigger, and the Monkey Island series.
Courses are only offered pass/no pass, and they count toward graduation but not toward any major requirements. There is also a cap on how many DeCal credits students can claim toward their graduation requirements.
The official story: A DeCal representative told GameSpot that the Starcraft course--titled Game Theory With Application in Starcraft--had been submitted for approval, but not yet given the final go-ahead. If approved, the course would take place during the current semester.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not finalized quite yet, but very likely not bogus.
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