An Introduction to Game Studies

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SAGE Publications, Mar 3, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 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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Review: An Introduction to Game Studies: Games in Culture

User Review  - Steph Orme - 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

Review: An Introduction to Game Studies: Games in Culture

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Good general info for any person interested in doing more academic writing on games. Read full review

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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About the author (2008)

Professor Frans Mäyrä is a Professor of Games Studies and Digital Culture at the Hypermedia Laboratory in the University of Tampere, Finland.

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