Games | Game Design | Game Studies

Eine Einführung

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Author: Gundolf S. Freyermuth

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 383942982X

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Wie stiegen Games zur zentralen audiovisuellen Ausdrucks- und Erzählform der digitalen Kultur auf? Wie entstanden die Verfahren ihrer künstlerischen Produktion? Und wie formierte sich die wissenschaftliche Analyse der sozialen Wirkung und kulturellen Bedeutung des neuen Mediums? Diese grundlegenden Fragen und Aspekte digitaler Spielkultur nimmt die Einführung erstmals ganzheitlich in den Blick. Gundolf S. Freyermuth skizziert die mediengeschichtlichen Entwicklungsphasen analoger und digitaler Spiele, die Geschichte und künstlerischen Praktiken des Game Designs sowie die Geschichte, wissenschaftlichen Ansätze und wichtigsten Forschungsfragen der Game Studies.

An Introduction to Game Studies

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Author: Frans Mäyrä

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849205396

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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An Introduction to Game Studies is the first introductory textbook for students of game studies. It provides a conceptual overview of the cultural, social and economic significance of computer and video games and traces the history of game culture and the emergence of game studies as a field of research. Key concepts and theories are illustrated with discussion of games taken from different historical phases of game culture. Progressing from the simple, yet engaging gameplay of Pong and text-based adventure games to the complex virtual worlds of contemporary online games, the book guides students towards analytical appreciation and critical engagement with gaming and game studies. Students will learn to: - Understand and analyse different aspects of phenomena we recognise as 'game' and play' - Identify the key developments in digital game design through discussion of action in games of the 1970s, fiction and adventure in games of the 1980s, three-dimensionality in games of the 1990s, and social aspects of gameplay in contemporary online games - Understand games as dynamic systems of meaning-making - Interpret the context of games as 'culture' and subculture - Analyse the relationship between technology and interactivity and between 'game' and 'reality' - Situate games within the context of digital culture and the information society With further reading suggestions, images, exercises, online resources and a whole chapter devoted to preparing students to do their own game studies project, An Introduction to Game Studies is the complete toolkit for all students pursuing the study of games. The companion website at www.sagepub.co.uk/mayra contains slides and assignments that are suitable for self-study as well as for classroom use. Students will also benefit from online resources at www.gamestudiesbook.net, which will be regularly blogged and updated by the author. Professor Frans Mäyrä is a Professor of Games Studies and Digital Culture at the Hypermedia Laboratory in the University of Tampere, Finland.

Game Studies

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Author: Benjamin Beil,Thomas Hensel,Andreas Rauscher

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658134984

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

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Das Lehrbuch bietet einen zugänglichen und umfassenden Überblick über die grundlegenden Ansätze der interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Game Studies. Durch die übersichtliche Einteilung in die Themenbereiche Spiele, Schnittstellen und Spieler empfiehlt es sich sowohl als Grundlage für kultur-, medien- und filmwissenschaftliche Seminare wie auch als kompakte Einführung für Quereinsteiger. Die wichtigsten Felder, Ansätze und Methoden dieser neuen, vielschichtigen und hochgradig dynamischen Disziplin werden anhand zentraler Begriffe vorgestellt und anschaulich an ausgewählten Beispielen entwickelt. Einen besonderen aus kultur-, medien- und filmwissenschaftlicher Perspektive relevanten Schwerpunkt bilden die bisher wenig beachteten ästhetischen Zugänge zur audiovisuellen Gestaltung der Videospiele.

Logic and structure of the computer game

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Author: Stephan Günzel

Publisher: Universitätsverlag Potsdam

ISBN: 3869560649

Category:

Page: 239

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The fourth volume of the DIGAREC Series holds the proceedings to the conference Logic and Structure of the Computer Gameʺ, held at the House of Brandenburg- Prussian History in Potsdam on November 6 and 7, 2009. The conference was the first to explicitly address the medial logic and structure of the computer game. The contributions focus on the specific potential for mediation and on the unique form of mediation inherent in digital games. This includes existent, yet scattered approaches to develop a unique curriculum of game studies. In line with the concept of ‘mediality’, the notions of aesthetics, interactivity, software architecture, interface design, iconicity, spatiality, and rules are of special interest. Presentations were given by invited German scholars and were commented on by international respondents in a dialogical structure.

Game Studies

Aktuelle Ansätze Der Computerspielforschung

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Author: Klaus Sachs-Hombach,Jan-Noël Thon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783869620954

Category:

Page: 360

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The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies

Critical Essays

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Author: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786497238

Category: Games

Page: 208

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"This volume is both a polemic and entirely pragmatic. Kapell's offerings resurrect a dispute most games scholars pretend never happened and makes a convincing argument for not only revisiting but sustaining debate. The twelve new essays presented, grounded in game studies and propelled by insights from other fields, are exemplary. This is essential reading."--Gerald Voorhees, University of Waterloo Since the emergence of digital game studies, a number of debates have engaged scholars. The debate between ludic (play) and narrative (story) paradigms remains the one that famously "never happened." This collection of new essays critically frames that debate and urges game scholars to consider it central to the field. The essayists examine various digital games, assessing the applicability of play-versus-narrative approaches or considering the failure of each. The essays reflect the broader history while applying notions of play and story to recent games in an attempt to propel serious analysis.

Analog Game Studies: Volume II

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Author: Aaron Trammell,Evan Torner,Emma Leigh Waldron

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1365640930

Category: Education

Page: 264

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Analog Game Studies is a bi-monthy journal for the research and critique of analog games. We define analog games broadly and include work on tabletop and live-action role-playing games, board games, card games, pervasive games, game-like performances, carnival games, experimental games, and more. Analog Game Studies was founded to reserve a space for scholarship on analog games in the wider field of game studies.

Handbook of Computer Game Studies

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Author: Joost Raessens,Jeffrey H. Goldstein

Publisher: MIT Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780262182409

Category: Computers

Page: 451

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A broad treatment of computer and video games from a wide range of perspectives, including cognitive science and artificial intelligence, psychology, history, film and theater, cultural studies, and philosophy.

Game Studies

Aktuelle Ansätze der Computerspielforschung

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Author: Klaus Sachs-Hombach,Jan-Noël Thon

Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag

ISBN: 3869621311

Category: Social Science

Page: 504

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Das Spielen am Computer ist aus der konvergenten Medienkultur der Gegenwart nicht mehr wegzudenken: Computerspiele werden von Menschen beinahe jeden Alters und jeder gesellschaftlichen Stellung gespielt. Entsprechend erfreut sich die Computerspielindustrie schon des Längeren an Umsätzen, die mit denen der Filmindustrie durchaus vergleichbar sind, und der Deutsche Kulturrat möchte Computerspiele inzwischen gar als ›Kunst‹ verstanden wissen. Vor diesem Hintergrund überrascht es einerseits kaum, dass in den letzten Jahren auch das akademische Interesse an Computerspielen stark gestiegen ist und dass das immer noch recht junge Medium heute aus ganz unterschiedlichen methodologischen und epistemologischen Perspektiven in den Blick genommen wird. Andererseits ist es unter der Vielzahl der trans-, multi- und interdisziplinär geprägten Zugänge zum Computerspiel bereits zu ersten Konsolidierungsbewegungen gekommen, sodass sich inzwischen von einer Reihe auch disziplinär kanonisierter Ansätze der Game Studies sprechen lässt. Die im vorliegenden Band versammelten Beiträge bieten eine umfassende Bestandsaufnahme und kritische Würdigung aktueller Ansätze der medienwissenschaftlichen und interdisziplinären Computerspielforschung.

Gender und Gaming

Frauen im Fokus der Games-Industrie

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Author: Sabine Hahn

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839439205

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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Computerspiele sind aus medienökonomischer Sicht zwar längst ein Massenmedium, in der gesellschaftlichen Wahrnehmung werden sie jedoch tendenziell immer noch als Spielzeug vornehmlich für junge Männer wahrgenommen. Dabei liegt der Anteil derjenigen, die regelmäßig spielen, in Deutschland bei fast 50 Prozent der Bevölkerung - und hiervon sind wiederum ca. 45 Prozent Spielerinnen. Ausgehend von diesem Missverhältnis zwischen gesellschaftlicher Verbreitung und Wahrnehmung rückt Sabine Hahn einerseits aus kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive die Spielerinnen in den Fokus und wirft andererseits aus mediensoziologischer bzw. kommunikationswissenschaftlicher Perspektive einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der Games-Industrie.

Storytelling in the Modern Board Game

Narrative Trends from the Late 1960s to Today

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Author: Marco Arnaudo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476633606

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 232

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Over the years, board games have evolved to include relatable characters, vivid settings and compelling, intricate plotlines. In turn, players have become more emotionally involved--taking on, in essence, the role of coauthors in an interactive narrative. Through the lens of game studies and narratology--traditional storytelling concepts applied to the gaming world--this book explores the synergy of board games, designers and players in story-oriented designs. The author provides development guidance for game designers and recommends games to explore for hobby players.

The Pleasures of Computer Gaming

Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics

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Author: Melanie Swalwell,Jason Wilson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451203

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 203

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This collection of essays situates the digital gaming phenomenon alongside broader debates in cultural and media studies. Contributors to this volume maintain that computer games are not simply toys, but rather circulate as commodities, new media technologies, and items of visual culture that are embedded in complex social practices. Apart from placing games within longer arcs of cultural history and broader critical debates, the contributors to this volume all adopt a pedagogical and theoretical approach to studying games and gameplay, drawing on the interdisciplinary resources of the humanities and social sciences, particularly new media studies. In eight essays, the authors develop rich and nuanced understandings of the aesthetic appeals and pleasurable engagements of digital gameplay. Topics include the role of “cheats” and “easter eggs” in influencing cheating as an aesthetic phenomenon of gameplay; the relationship between videogames, gambling, and addiction; players’ aesthetic and kinaesthetic interactions with computing technology; and the epistemology and phenomenology of popular strategy-based wargames and their relationship with real-world military applications. Notes and a bibliography accompany each essay, and the work includes several screenshots, images, and photographs.

Die Kunst des Game Designs

Bessere Games konzipieren und entwickeln

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Author: Jesse Schell

Publisher: MITP-Verlags GmbH & Co. KG

ISBN: 3958452841

Category: Computers

Page: 680

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Grundlagen der Entwicklung und Konzeption klassischer Spiele von einem der weltweit führenden Game Designer Mehr als 100 Regeln und zentrale Fragen zur Inspiration für den kreativen Prozess Zahlreiche wertvolle Denkanstöße für die Konzeption eines erfolgreichen Spiels Jeder kann die Grundlagen des Game Designs meistern – dazu bedarf es keines technischen Fachwissens. Dabei zeigt sich, dass die gleichen psychologischen Grundprinzipien, die für Brett-, Karten- und Sportspiele funktionieren, ebenso der Schlüssel für die Entwicklung qualitativ hochwertiger Videospiele sind. Mit diesem Buch lernen Sie, wie Sie im Prozess der Spielekonzeption und -entwicklung vorgehen, um bessere Games zu kreieren. Jesse Schell zeigt, wie Sie Ihr Game durch eine strukturierte methodische Vorgehensweise Schritt für Schritt deutlich verbessern. Mehr als 100 gezielte Fragestellungen eröffnen Ihnen dabei neue Perspektiven auf Ihr Game, so dass Sie die Features finden, die es erfolgreich machen. Hierzu gehören z.B. Fragen wie: Welche Herausforderungen stellt mein Spiel an die Spieler? Fördert es den Wettbewerb unter den Spielern? Werden sie dazu motiviert, gewinnen zu wollen? So werden über hundert entscheidende Charakteristika für ein gut konzipiertes Spiel untersucht. Mit diesem Buch wissen Sie, worauf es bei einem guten Game ankommt und was Sie alles bedenken sollten, damit Ihr Game die Erwartungen Ihrer Spieler erfüllt und gerne gespielt wird. Zugleich liefert es Ihnen jede Menge Inspiration – halten Sie beim Lesen Zettel und Stift bereit, um Ihre neuen Ideen sofort festhalten zu können

Examining the Evolution of Gaming and Its Impact on Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives

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Author: Valentine, Keri Duncan,Jensen, Lucas John

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522502629

Category: Computers

Page: 456

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With complex stories and stunning visuals eliciting intense emotional responses, coupled with opportunities for self-expression and problem solving, video games are a powerful medium to foster empathy, critical thinking, and creativity in players. As these games grow in popularity, ambition, and technological prowess, they become a legitimate art form, shedding old attitudes and misconceptions along the way. Examining the Evolution of Gaming and Its Impact on Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives asks whether videogames have the power to transform a player and his or her beliefs from a sociopolitical perspective. Unlike traditional forms of storytelling, videogames allow users to immerse themselves in new worlds, situations, and politics. This publication surveys the landscape of videogames and analyzes the emergent gaming that shifts the definition and cultural effects of videogames. This book is a valuable resource to game designers and developers, sociologists, students of gaming, and researchers in relevant fields.

Thinking about Video Games

Interviews with the Experts

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Author: David S. Heineman

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253017181

Category: Games

Page: 268

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The growth in popularity and complexity of video games has spurred new interest in how games are developed and in the research and technology behind them. David Heineman brings together some of the most iconic, influential, and interesting voices from across the gaming industry and asks them to weigh in on the past, present, and future of video games. Among them are legendary game designers Nolan Bushnell (Pong) and Eugene Jarvis (Defender), who talk about their history of innovations from the earliest days of the video game industry through to the present; contemporary trailblazers Kellee Santiago (Journey) and Casey Hudson (Mass Effect), who discuss contemporary relationships between those who create games and those who play them; and scholars Ian Bogost (How to Do Things With Videogames) and Edward Castronova (Exodus to the Virtual World), who discuss how to research and write about games in ways that engage a range of audiences. These experts and others offer fascinating perspectives on video games, game studies, gaming culture, and the game industry more broadly.

The Video Game Theory Reader

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Author: Mark J.P. Wolf,Bernard Perron

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135205191

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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In the early days of Pong and Pac Man, video games appeared to be little more than an idle pastime. Today, video games make up a multi-billion dollar industry that rivals television and film. The Video Game Theory Reader brings together exciting new work on the many ways video games are reshaping the face of entertainment and our relationship with technology. Drawing upon examples from widely popular games ranging from Space Invaders to Final Fantasy IX and Combat Flight Simulator 2, the contributors discuss the relationship between video games and other media; the shift from third- to first-person games; gamers and the gaming community; and the important sociological, cultural, industrial, and economic issues that surround gaming. The Video Game Theory Reader is the essential introduction to a fascinating and rapidly expanding new field of media studies.

The Playersê Realm

Studies on the Culture of Video Games and Gaming

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Author: J. Patrick Williams,Jonas Heide Smith

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786428325

Category: Games

Page: 314

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"This study sketches some of the various trajectories of digital games in modern Western societies, looking at the growth and persistence of the moral panic that continues to accompany massive public interest in digital games. The book continues with a new phase of games research exemplified by systematic examination of specific aspects of digital games and gaming"--Provided by publisher.

Role-Playing Game Studies

Transmedia Foundations

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Author: Sebastian Deterding,José Zagal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317268318

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 484

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This handbook collects, for the first time, the state of research on role-playing games (RPGs) across disciplines, cultures, and media in a single, accessible volume. Collaboratively authored by more than 50 key scholars, it traces the history of RPGs, from wargaming precursors to tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons to the rise of live action role-play and contemporary computer RPG and massively multiplayer online RPG franchises, like Fallout and World of Warcraft. Individual chapters survey the perspectives, concepts, and findings on RPGs from key disciplines, like performance studies, sociology, psychology, education, economics, game design, literary studies, and more. Other chapters integrate insights from RPG studies around broadly significant topics, like transmedia worldbuilding, immersion, transgressive play, or player–character relations. Each chapter includes definitions of key terms and recommended readings to help fans, students, and scholars new to RPG studies find their way into this new interdisciplinary field.