This course takes a critical look at the cultural, artistic, economic, and social aspects of games in our culture. Focusing mainly on video games, this course examines several aspects of games through a variety of theoretical lenses. We will cover the growing academic interest in games as well as industry interests, and we will delve into the artistic and design aspects of games. We will also be exploring industry norms and how the game industry operates. In addition to learning how to study video games, students will also practice writing a variety of academic and industry design documents. In order to do this we will explore various genres of games before attempting to design our own.