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Portal Enters the College Cannon

By Joe Dodson, 8/26/2010 2:44 PM

If you're an entering freshman at Wabash College in Indiana, you have to play Portal. Not just because it's a good game, but because you won't be able to pass your Freshman seminar if you don't. So stop crying, and throw the cube into the fire.

This comes to us from a Mashable article about Wabash College's "Enduring Questions" Freshman seminar. Like many seminars, this one has undergrads focus on the "fundamental questions of humanity," by surveying great works of thought and literature. According to the article, Abbott read this Gamasutra article about the resonance between Portal and Erving Goffman's 1959 sociological text, titled "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life." This convinced him that there was a place for Portal in the seminar.

And it convinced a lot of other people, too. He showed the game to other professors and faculty, talked about Goffman's paper, and blam! Portal got the green light!

That said, not every single freshman will be required to play the game due to hardware issues and logistical limitations. However, it will be on the syllabus for a few select classes, which is pretty awesome.

Oh, and in case there were any doubt that Abbott is a real deal gamer, the other two games he was thinking about teaching in the course were BioShock…and Planescape: Torment.


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