This fall, the University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication will offer a course in writing about video games and reporting on the industry.
"My idea is that everyone can learn from video games," Kyle Moody, the course's instructor and a teaching assistant in the journalism school, told The Daily Iowan, the independent newspaper of the university. "I am into video games, but I see it more as a way for learning; to write about technology experiences and lifestyle and culture, video games are the entry point to me."
A more senior faculty member indicated that the mushrooming news coverage of the games industry means her school should be training writers in how to write about it.
"There's a big video-game industry out there that has a really active audience," said Julie Andsager, the director of the university's Media Research Lab. "[People] are reading stories about video games and publications - the more our students can learn how to write for that market, the better."
The course is called "Specialized Reporting & Writing, Video Games & Communication" and it will be offered beginning in the fall term of 2012.