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Where games are homework.

Three decades after bursting into arcades and living rooms, video games are taking their place in college and university classrooms.

A small but growing group of schools, from the University of Southern California to the University of Central. Florida, have started formal programs in game design and the academic study of video games as contemporary culture. Detractors in the educational, and video-game fields say it's just an attempt by colleges to cash in on a fad. But others believe that video games will be one of the dominant media of the 21st century. This fall, Parsons The New School for Design in New York started an undergraduate program in game design. Bob Kerrey, president of The New School, says graduates of the program could wind up working on Watt Street as well as for videogame companies. "To me," says Kerrey, "there is no significant difference ... between people who are making games and people who are manipulating huge database systems to try to figure out where the [stock] market is going."
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Title Annotation:universities offer video games undergraduate programs
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 3, 2006
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