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The Playful Undead and Video Games

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1351716514
Pages : 276 pages
Rating : 4.5/5 (716 downloads)

Download The Playful Undead and Video Games PDF Format Full Free by Stephen J. Webley and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-07-17 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the central role of the zombie in contemporary popular culture as they appear in video games. Moving beyond traditional explanations of their enduring appeal – that they embody an aesthetic that combines horror with a mindless target; that lower age ratings for zombie games widen the market; or that Artificial Intelligence routines for zombies are easier to develop – the book provides a multidisciplinary and comprehensive look at this cultural phenomenon. Drawing on detailed case studies from across the genre, contributors from a variety of backgrounds offer insights into how the study of zombies in the context of video games informs an analysis of their impact on contemporary popular culture. Issues such as gender, politics, intellectual property law, queer theory, narrative storytelling and worldbuilding, videogame techniques and technology, and man’s relation to monsters are closely examined in their relation to zombie video games. Breaking new ground in the study of video games and popular culture, this volume will be of interest to researchers in a broad range of areas including media, popular culture, video games, and media psychology.


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Immersion, Narrative, and Gender Crisis in Survival Horror Video Games

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ISBN 13 : 1000440656
Pages : 256 pages
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Download Immersion, Narrative, and Gender Crisis in Survival Horror Video Games PDF Format Full Free by Andrei Nae and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-09-09 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book investigates the narrativity of some of the most popular survival horror video games and the gender politics implicit in their storyworlds. In a thorough analysis of the genre that draws upon detailed comparisons with the mainstream action genre, Andrei Nae places his analysis firmly within a political and social context. In comparing survival horror games to the dominant game design norms of the action genre, the author differentiates between classical and postclassical survival horror games to show how the former reject the norms of the action genre and deliver a critique of the conservative gender politics of action games, while the latter are more heterogeneous in terms of their game design and, implicitly, gender politics. This book will appeal not only to scholars working in game studies, but also to scholars of horror, gender studies, popular culture, visual arts, genre studies and narratology.


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Narrative Mechanics

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Publisher : transcript Verlag
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ISBN 13 : 3839453453
Pages : 362 pages
Rating : 4.4/5 (453 downloads)

Download Narrative Mechanics PDF Format Full Free by Beat Suter and published by transcript Verlag. This book was released on 2021-05-31 with total page 362 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What do stories in games have in common with political narratives? This book identifies narrative strategies as mechanisms for meaning and manipulation in games and real life. It shows that the narrative mechanics so clearly identifiable in games are increasingly used (and abused) in politics and social life. They have »many faces«, displays and interfaces. They occur as texts, recipes, stories, dramas in three acts, movies, videos, tweets, journeys of heroes, but also as rewarding stories in games and as narratives in society - such as a career from rags to riches, the concept of modernity or market economy. Below their surface, however, narrative mechanics are a particular type of motivational design - of game mechanics.


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Videogames and the Gothic

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ISBN 13 : 1000453103
Pages : 148 pages
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Download Videogames and the Gothic PDF Format Full Free by Ewan Kirkland and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-09-30 with total page 148 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the many ways Gothic literature and media have informed videogame design. Through a series of detailed case studies, Videogames and the Gothic illustrates the extent to which particular tropes of Gothic culture –neo-medieval aesthetics, secret-filled labyrinthine spaces, the sense of a dark past impacting upon the present – have been appropriated by and transformed within digital games. Moving beyond the study of the generic influences of horror on digital gaming, Ewan Kirkland focuses in on the Gothic, a less visceral mode tending towards the unsettling, the uncertain and the uncanny. He explores the extent to which imagery, storylines and narrative preoccupations taken from Gothic fiction facilitate the affordances and limitations of the videogame medium. A core contention of this book is that videogames have developed as an inherently Gothic form of popular entertainment. Arguing for close proximity between Gothic culture and the videogame medium itself, this book will be a key contribution to both Gothic and digital game scholarship; as such, it will have resonance with scholars and students in both areas, as well as those interested in Gothic novels, media and popular culture, digital games and interactive fiction.


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Independent Videogames

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ISBN 13 : 1000201155
Pages : 286 pages
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Download Independent Videogames PDF Format Full Free by Paolo Ruffino and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-10-08 with total page 286 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Independent Videogames investigates the social and cultural implications of contemporary forms of independent video game development. Through a series of case studies and theoretical investigations, it evaluates the significance of such a multi-faceted phenomenon within video game and digital cultures. A diverse team of scholars highlight the specificities of independence within the industry and the culture of digital gaming through case studies and theoretical questions. The chapters focus on labor, gender, distribution models and technologies of production to map the current state of research on independent game development. The authors also identify how the boundaries of independence are becoming opaque in the contemporary game industry – often at the cost of the claims of autonomy, freedom and emancipation that underlie the indie scene. The book ultimately imagines new and better narratives for a less exploitative and more inclusive videogame industry. Systematically mapping the current directions of a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly difficult to define and limit, this book will be a crucial resource for scholars and students of game studies, media history, media industries and independent gaming.


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Comics and Videogames

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ISBN 13 : 100022421X
Pages : 264 pages
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Download Comics and Videogames PDF Format Full Free by Andreas Rauscher and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-10-19 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book offers the first comprehensive study of the many interfaces shaping the relationship between comics and videogames. It combines in-depth conceptual reflection with a rich selection of paradigmatic case studies from contemporary media culture. The editors have gathered a distinguished group of international scholars working at the interstices of comics studies and game studies to explore two interrelated areas of inquiry: The first part of the book focuses on hybrid medialities and experimental aesthetics "between" comics and videogames; the second part zooms in on how comics and videogames function as transmedia expansions within an increasingly convergent and participatory media culture. The individual chapters address synergies and intersections between comics and videogames via a diverse set of case studies ranging from independent and experimental projects via popular franchises from the corporate worlds of DC and Marvel to the more playful forms of media mix prominent in Japan. Offering an innovative intervention into a number of salient issues in current media culture, Comics and Videogames will be of interest to scholars and students of comics studies, game studies, popular culture studies, transmedia studies, and visual culture studies.


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War Games

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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 13 : 1501351176
Pages : 288 pages
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Download War Games PDF Format Full Free by Philip Hammond and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2019-12-12 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many of today's most commercially successful videogames, from Call of Duty to Company of Heroes, are war-themed titles that play out in what are framed as authentic real-world settings inspired by recent news headlines or drawn from history. While such games are marketed as authentic representations of war, they often provide a selective form of realism that eschews problematic, yet salient aspects of war. In addition, changes in the way Western states wage and frame actual wars makes contemporary conflicts increasingly resemble videogames when perceived from the vantage point of Western audiences. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from games studies, media and cultural studies, politics and international relations, and related fields to examine the complex relationships between military-themed videogames and real-world conflict, and to consider how videogames might deal with history, memory, and conflict in alternative ways. It asks: What is the role of videogames in the formation and negotiation of cultural memory of past wars? How do game narratives and designs position the gaming subject in relation to history, war and militarism? And how far do critical, anti-war/peace games offer an alternative or challenge to mainstream commercial titles?


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Manifestations of Queerness in Video Games

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Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN 13 : 1000625257
Pages : 168 pages
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Download Manifestations of Queerness in Video Games PDF Format Full Free by Gaspard Pelurson and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-07-29 with total page 168 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Taking the reader on a journey through queer manifestations in games, this book advocates for video games as a rich, political and cultural medium, which provides us with tools to navigate the future of gaming. Situated at the intersection of New Media, Game, Cultural and Queer Studies, the book navigates diverse interspecies relationships, queer villains from the past, Pokémon memes on border politics, flânerie in post-industrial cities and one-sided erotic fights. It provides new critical engagements with the works of Jose Esteban Muñoz, Bonnie Ruberg, Guy Debord and Jack Halberstam, examining queer representation, gaming subcultures and dissident play practices. Making the bold claim that video games might be the queerest medium today, this book provides organic, self-reflective and, ultimately, thought-provoking thinking in which both games and gamers are queered. This book will be of interest to scholars researching game studies, sex, gender and sexuality in new media, but also readers interested in literature, digital media, society, participatory culture and queer studies.


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Representing Conflicts in Games

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Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN 13 : 100082487X
Pages : 233 pages
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Download Representing Conflicts in Games PDF Format Full Free by Björn Sjöblom and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-12-30 with total page 233 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book offers an overview of how conflicts are represented and enacted in games, in a variety of genres and game systems. Games are a cultural form apt at representing real world conflicts, and this edited volume highlights the intrinsic connection between games and conflict through a set of theoretical and empirical studies. It interrogates the nature and use of conflicts as a fundamental aspect of game design, and how a wide variety of conflicts can be represented in digital and analogue games. The book asks what we can learn from conflicts in games, how our understanding of conflicts change when we turn them into playful objects, and what types of conflicts are still not represented in games. It queries the way games make us think about armed conflict, and how games can help us understand such conflicts in new ways. Offering a deeper understanding of how games can serve political, pedagogical, or persuasive purposes, this volume will interest scholars and students working in fields such as game studies, media studies, and war studies.


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Historia Ludens

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1000693317
Pages : 336 pages
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Download Historia Ludens PDF Format Full Free by Alexander von Lünen and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-09-20 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book aims to further a debate about aspects of "playing" and "gaming" in connection with history. Reaching out to academics, professionals and students alike, it pursues a dedicated interdisciplinary approach. Rather than only focusing on how professionals could learn from academics in history, the book also ponders the question of what academics can learn from gaming and playing for their own practice, such as gamification for teaching, or using "play" as a paradigm for novel approaches into historical scholarship. "Playing" and "gaming" are thus understood as a broad cultural phenomenon that cross-pollinates the theory and practice of history and gaming alike.


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The Paradox of Transgression in Games

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ISBN 13 : 1000049531
Pages : 222 pages
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Download The Paradox of Transgression in Games PDF Format Full Free by Torill Elvira Mortensen and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-02-24 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Paradox of Transgression in Games looks at transgressive games as an aesthetic experience, tackling how players respond to game content that shocks, disturbs, and distresses, and how contemporary video games can evoke intense emotional reactions. The book delves into the commercial success of many controversial videogames: although such games may appear shocking for the observing bystander, playing them is experienced as deeply rewarding for the player. Drawing on qualitative player studies and approaches from media aesthetics theory, the book challenges the perception of games as innocent entertainment, and examines the range of emotional, moral, and intellectual experiences of players. As they explore what players consider transgressive, the authors ask whether there is something about the gameplay situation that works to mitigate the sense of transgression, stressing gameplay as an aesthetic experience. Anchoring the aesthetic game experience both in play studies as well as in aesthetic theory, this book will be an essential resource for scholars and students of game studies, aesthetics, media studies, philosophy of art, and emotions.


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The Dark Side of Translation

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1000028283
Pages : 196 pages
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Download The Dark Side of Translation PDF Format Full Free by Federico Italiano and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-02-06 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: We tend to consider translation as something good, virtuous and bright, but it can also function as an instrument of concealment, silencing and misdirection—as something that darkens and obscures. Propaganda, misinformation, narratives of trauma and imagery of the enemy—to mention just a few of the negative phenomena that shape our lives—show patterns of communication in which translation either functions as a weapon or constitutes a space of conflict. But what does this dark side of translation look like? How does it work? Ground-breaking in its theoretical conception and pioneering in its thematic approach, this book unites international scholars from a range of disciplines including philosophy, translation studies, literary theory, ecocriticism, game studies, history and political science. With examples that illustrate complex theoretical and philosophical issues, this book also has a major focus on the translational dimension of ecology and climate change. Transdisciplinary and topical, this book is key reading for researchers, scholars and advanced students of translation studies, literature and related areas.


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Player vs. Monster

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Publisher : MIT Press
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ISBN 13 : 0262047756
Pages : 235 pages
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Download Player vs. Monster PDF Format Full Free by Jaroslav Svelch and published by MIT Press. This book was released on 2023-02-07 with total page 235 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A study of the gruesome game characters we love to beat—and what they tell us about ourselves. Since the early days of video games, monsters have played pivotal roles as dangers to be avoided, level bosses to be defeated, or targets to be destroyed for extra points. But why is the figure of the monster so important in gaming, and how have video games come to shape our culture’s conceptions of monstrosity? To answer these questions, Player vs. Monster explores the past half-century of monsters in games, from the dragons of early tabletop role-playing games and the pixelated aliens of Space Invaders to the malformed mutants of The Last of Us and the bizarre beasts of Bloodborne, and reveals the common threads among them. Covering examples from aliens to zombies, Jaroslav Švelch explores the art of monster design and traces its influences from mythology, visual arts, popular culture, and tabletop role-playing games. At the same time, he shows that video games follow the Cold War–era notion of clearly defined, calculable enemies, portraying monsters as figures that are irredeemably evil yet invariably vulnerable to defeat. He explains the appeal of such simplistic video game monsters, but also explores how the medium could evolve to present more nuanced depictions of monstrosity.


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Forms and Functions of Endings in Narrative Digital Games

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ISBN 13 : 1000172767
Pages : 266 pages
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Download Forms and Functions of Endings in Narrative Digital Games PDF Format Full Free by Michelle Herte and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-09-08 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book looks closely at the endings of narrative digital games, examining their ways of concluding the processes of both storytelling and play in order to gain insight into what endings are and how we identify them in different media. While narrative digital games share many representational strategies for signalling their upcoming end with more traditional narrative media – such as novels or movies – they also show many forms of endings that often radically differ from our conventional understanding of conclusion and closure. From vast game worlds that remain open for play after a story’s finale, to multiple endings that are often hailed as a means for players to create their own stories, to the potentially tragic endings of failure and "game over", digital games question the traditional singularity and finality of endings. Using a broad range of examples, this book delves deeply into these and other forms and their functions, both to reveal the closural specificities of the ludonarrative hybrid that digital games are, as well as to find the core elements that characterise endings in any medium. It examines how endings make themselves known to players and raises the question of how well-established closural conventions blend with play and a player’s effort to achieve a goal. As an interdisciplinary study that draws on game studies as much as on transmedial narratology, Forms and Functions of Endings in Narrative Digital Games is suited for scholars and students of digital games as well as for narratologists yet to become familiar with this medium.


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Hybrid Play

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1000042359
Pages : 266 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (42 downloads)

Download Hybrid Play PDF Format Full Free by Adriana de Souza e Silva and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-02-26 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores hybrid play as a site of interdisciplinary activity—one that is capable of generating new forms of mobility, communication, subjects, and artistic expression as well as new ways of interacting with and understanding the world. The chapters in this collection explore hybrid making, hybrid subjects, and hybrid spaces, generating interesting conversations about the past, current and future nature of hybrid play. Together, the authors offer important insights into how place and space are co-constructed through play; how, when, and for what reasons people occupy hybrid spaces; and how cultural practices shape elements of play and vice versa. A diverse group of scholars and practitioners provides a rich interdisciplinary perspective, which will be of great interest to those working in the areas of games studies, media studies, communication, gender studies, and media arts.


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Well Played Retrospective

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Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
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ISBN 13 : 1329650549
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Download Well Played Retrospective PDF Format Full Free by Drew Davidson and published by Lulu Press, Inc. This book was released on 2021-09-29 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Well Played is a concept of providing in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found through the experience of playing a game. Around Halloween in 2020, the Well Played Journal started its 10th volume. Looking back, the first “well played” presentation and article was in 2003, with the first book coming out in 2009, and the first journal issue released in 2011. Thinking of Well Played during the pandemic underscored how games have been a part of our experiences, and the value and role games have had in people’s lives this past year or so. This Well Played retrospective, along with companion essays on games during the pandemic, capture a critical history of Well Played and highlight how much games can matter in our lives. The retrospective essays and the pandemic essays have resonant themes, so we’ve woven them together to share a written tapestry of Well Played and games, value, and meaning.


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Playful Design

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Publisher : Rosenfeld Media
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ISBN 13 : 1933820993
Pages : 245 pages
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Download Playful Design PDF Format Full Free by John Ferrara and published by Rosenfeld Media. This book was released on 2012-05-17 with total page 245 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Game design is a sibling discipline to software and Web design, but they're siblings that grew up in different houses. They have much more in common than their perceived distinction typically suggests, and user experience practitioners can realize enormous benefit by exploiting the solutions that games have found to the real problems of design. This book will show you how.