During the week of May 16th, the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric project will connect students from here at Stanford University with students from University of Sydney for a video conference exchange about analysis, research, and rhetoric.
Student from our Rhetoric of Gaming class (who will participate primarily in the Thursday U.S./Friday AUS session), got together to brainstorm a list of questions they have for our partners from down under. We divided them into three broad categories: questions about University of Sydney student life and academic life; questions about gaming in Australia; and questions related to their specific research projects. We look forward to hearing the Sydney answers to some of these questions (either here on the blog as comments or during the video conferences) — and to finding out what you’re wondering about us.
Here are our questions — feel free to reply in the comments, or to ask us your own questions too!
- Do you play video games in your free time?
- What are some common stereotypes about Americans in Australia?
- What are some common stereotypes about American college students in Australia?
- What kind of music do you guys like?
- So what’s the deal with New Zealand?
- How do roommates/dorms work in U of Sydney?
- Are there many international students at your university?
- If you came to the US, where would you want to visit?
- Do you think our accents sound cool? Because we think your accents sound coo’.
- What class are you in that you have/get to do this for?
- Do you have any classes that are specifically about video games?
- How far is campus from the beach?
- Do you surf? Long board?
- What was the original use of boomerangs?
Questions about gaming culture in Australia
- What kind of games do you play?
- What games are popular in Australia? Are the same games popular in America? (Halo, Grand Theft Auto, etc.)?
- Are you aware of the worldwide perception that the Australian government heavily censors games? If so, what’s your opinion on it?
- I heard there is a ban on Mature games, how is this enforced?
- What are your favorite game types? RPG, FPS, RTS, etc. (MMORPG*)
- What do you think about your own gamers? Are they honored like in Korea?
- How expensive are the games in Australia? We heard that they are pretty expensive.
- What popular Australian-based game companies are there?
- What is the online gaming culture like in Australia?
- How many hours of games do you typically play in a week/day? Do many of your friends play games?
- What do you think about games? Are they good/healthy?
Questions about your particular project or area of interest (put your name and section in parenthesis after this one)
- Is it strange for women or girls to play video games in Australia? (Hopefully not! ) +(Katheryn, Section 1)
- Is Second Life popular in Australia? (Henry, Section 1)
- Are games viewed as at all innovative or artistic in Australia, or are they seen solely as entertainment? (Grace, Section 1)
- What is your most memorable experience in a video game, and has it taught you anything? (Andy, Section 1).
- Is there a problem of video game addiction in Australia? (Ariel, Section 2)
- What do your parents think about video games? Do your younger siblings play video games? What are your parents’ attitudes towards the extent to which you play video games? (Aubrie, Section 2)
- Do any of you prefer virtual gaming technologies such as the Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect over traditional gaming? (Justin, Section 2)
- Do you know what eSports is? (Shawn Section 2)
- Do you think the rating system needs to be changed and is it too harsh in Australia? (Mitch Section 2)
- Would you say that gaming is becoming more or less popular in Australia? (James Section 2)
- Are there many professional gamers? (Leo, Section 2)
- What are the roles of video games in education? Do they play a role at all? (Loren Section 2)