CMS 4804: Required Games

We will be playing a variety of open-source and free-to-play games, e.g. Passage.

In addition, you are required to play at least 5 hours of each of the following games, capture a 15-minute video sequence of your play from each, and upload these video clips to YouTube.

Since the first two games are available only on Sony PlayStation, I have included alternative titles for students without access to that platform. All students will be responsible for all materials assigned and presented in class. The links below point to Wikipedia.

The Last of Us 1 (Naughty Dog)A Plague Tale: Innocence (Focus)
Spider-Man: Mile Morales (Insomniac)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)N/A
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)N/A
Game of your choiceN/A
These titles are for the Fall 2022 semester.

Note that the videos must be captures of your play. Submitting footage taken from other sources will be considered academic misconduct.


If you don’t already have a YouTube account, you will need to create one for this class. You do not have to use your real name for the account, and you can set the videos to “Unlisted.”

(If designated “Unlisted,” your video may be accessed only by users who have the direct link to it. The video will not appear in your channel or in search results.)

Required Games

Your footage from the four requried games will be used for the exams and for the Game Analysis project.

“Watermark” your game footage

To confirm that you created this footage for this class, please execute the following camera and character movements in your captured footage for each of the assigned games. (These movements do not have to occur at any particular moment in your 15 minutes of recorded footage.)

The Last of Us and Plague Tale: Innocence

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Marvel’s Spider-Man

At some point in your 15 minutes of footage, complete the following, in order:

  • Crouch (L3) on the edge of a building
  • Circle the camera around the PC twice
  • Zip to a point (L2 + R2)
  • Web swing from buildings three times to traverse along a street
  • Drop to the ground

I have created a Spider-Man footage example video that illustrates these steps.

Grand Theft Auto 5

See the D2L Discussion forum for detailed directions and example footage.

Red Dead Redemption 2

See the D2L Discussion forum for detailed directions and example footage.

Game of Your Choice

The game of your choice can be any electronic game in any genre. The game does not not have to emphasize narrative. You will use this game for the Player Experience essay assignment.

Other Games of Interest

You are not required to play the games listed below, but they will be referenced frequently in class. Links point to Wikipedia.