Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 22, 2008 - Computers - 443 pages
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Dungeons and Desktops looks at the history of computer role-playing games (such as Ultima, The Bard's Tale, Pool of Radiance, Diablo, and The Elder Scrolls), and seeks to identify and wrestle with the genre's key issues. Should the player control a single character or a group of characters? Should the player create his own character(s)? How should the game translate abstract concepts like "experience" into numbers and statistics? Should a game "rail" the player into a coherent plot structure, or allow him to roam freely about the world? What will be the consequences of the player's actions; how does the game deal with good and evil? Which perspective is more immersive, first or third person? Throughout the years, developers have responded differently to these questions, and each game is a part of a more general conversation about how computers can serve as a medium for creative and engaging role-playing.

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Review: Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games

User Review  - Chloe Brown - Goodreads

Well, it took me over 3 years to finish it - calling that up to a few complications in my life in the last few years, and that it's a physical copy, not digital that I could take with me wherever I ... Read full review

Review: Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games

User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

Drop this down to 3 *'s if you're not a complete computer/D & D fanatic. What info is here is good but there's nothing BUT information here; the entire book is basically nothing but one long ... Read full review

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