An introduction to games studies: games in culture

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SAGE, 2008 - Computers - 196 pages
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An Introduction to Game Studies is a core textbook for game studies as an academic discipline, and is the comprehensive guide to the field. It introduces the student to the history and character of games studies as an analytical study of games in culture, and then moves to provide an overview of games as signifying and dynamic cultural constructs. This book shows how to analyze games by introducing the core analytical concepts in the contexts of games and game cultures of four periods. It covers the prehistory of games, the 70s, 80s, and 90s and also contemporary developments. Students will be introduced to both the theoretical core and the essential genres and classics of the subject.

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User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

A good introduction to the field of game studies. Students are introduced to some of game studies' jargon and core theorists. While a great text for getting your feet wet, students seeking a more in ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Blanar - Goodreads

What started as a pedestrian survey of game study turned into an insightful and penetrating topical analysis. A surprisingly good piece, worth the investment. Read full review

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Contents

meaning in games
13
Play and games in history
30
Dual structure and the action games of the 1970s
52
Copyright

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