According to a story I picked up over at Pulse 2.0, UC Berkeley will be granting college credits to those who play Starcraft: Brood War, the popular space war strategy game from the last decade.
I was a pretty avid player of Starcraft when it was hot, as was my wife. One of the major factors that pushed me head over heels for her was the fact that we were pretty evenly matched at the game (and I’m no slouch).
Still, has higher education degenerated so much that playing computer games is considered collegiate? Read the course description and weep:
This course will go in-depth in the theory of how war is conducted within the confines of the game Starcraft. There will be lecture on various aspects of the game, from the viewpoint of pure theory to the more computational aspects of how exactly battles are conducted. Calculus and Differential Equations are highly recommended for full understanding of the course. Furthermore, the class will take the theoretical into the practical world by analyzing games and replays to reinforce decision-making skills and advanced Starcraft theory.
The primary goal is for students to learn, enjoy the art of competitive StarCraft, and have fun. Overall, students will be applying critical thinking, quick decision-making, and game theory skills throughout the sessions.
I’ve jokingly considered in the past buying a doctorate for $50 from the Universal Life Church – but always concluded that I’d be too much of a laughing-stock at the end of the day.
The more I hear about higher education, these days, the more attractive that option sounds.