Computer Games: Text, Narrative and Play

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 10, 2014 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Computer games are one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving media of our time. Revenues from console and computer games have now overtaken those from Hollywood movies; and online gaming is one of the fastest-growing areas of the internet. Games are no longer just kids' stuff: the majority of players are now adults, and the market is constantly broadening. The visual style of games has become increasingly sophisticated, and the complexities of game-play are ever more challenging. Meanwhile, the iconography and generic forms of games are increasingly influencing a whole range of other media, from films and television to books and toys.

This book provides a systematic, comprehensive introduction to the analysis of computer and video games. It introduces key concepts and approaches drawn from literary, film and media theory in an accessible and concrete manner; and it tests their use and relevance by applying them to a small but representative selection of role-playing and action-adventure games. It combines methods of textual analysis and audience research, showing how the combination of such methods can give a more complete picture of these playable texts and the fan cultures they generate. Clearly written and engaging, it will be a key text for students in the field and for all those with an interest in taking games seriously.

 

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Contents

List of illustrations
Defining Game Genres
Games and Narrative
Play and Pleasure
Space Navigation and Affect
Playing Roles
Online Fandom
Motivation and Online Gaming
Social Play and Learning
Agency in and around Play
Film Adaptation and Computer Games
Games and Gender
Doing Game Analysis
Copyright

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David Buckingham is Professor of Education and head of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media (CSCYM) at the University of London.

Andrew Burn is Reader in Education and New Media and Associate Director of the CSCYM at the University of London.

Diane Carr is Research Officer of the CSCYM at the University of London.

Gareth Schott is Senior Lecturer of Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato.

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