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I Presented Batman: Arkham Asylum To My Harvard Media Class

Today in my Harvard class on Media, I presented a talk on Batman: Arkham Asylum, the excellent videogame by Rocksteady Studios. I talked about the context for the game’s creation, demonstrated some gameplay, and then discussed the implications that violent videogames have for teachers and students. A couple of notes:

  • My presentation was given a hard limit of 20 minutes. The laughter at the beginning of the audio is the class’s reaction to me syncing up my iPhone stopwatch with the Teaching Fellow’s stopwatch. Apparently no one else was neurotic enough to do this.
  • About halfway through the presentation, I knocked the iPhone (which I used to record the presentation) off the table. You will hear this on the recording.
  • Part of the purpose of the presentation was to relate the game to readings and teachings from class. The readings referenced at the end of the presentation are taken from the course syllabus.

You can download the file or listen to it here in your browser:

And here’s the Powerpoint presentation I gave, so you can follow along:


  • Nice presentation. What did your classmates present?

  • Great presentation Dave, I really enjoyed listening to it.

    2 quick unrelated questions:

    1. Are you going to PAX East?

    2. I'm coming over from the UK and would really like to see Harvard. Do you know if they do tours of campus?

    Keep up the good work.

    Nik (nikmortimer[at]googlemail[dot]com

  • looks interesting. wish I could've see it in person.

  • This was really awesome. Very entertaining, Dave – you should post more stuff like this if you ever get the chance to do similar projects for class.