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- Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 20.99
Why don't Guitar Hero players just pick up real guitars? What happens when millions of people play the role of a young black gang member in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? How are YouTube-based music lessons changing the nature of amateur musicianship? This book is about play, performance, and participatory culture in the digital age. Miller shows... more...
- Left Coast Press 2012; US$ 34.95
As massively multiplayer online (MMO) games grow in scope and popularity, what are the characteristics of their emerging gaming culture? How is this culture shaped by the decisions made by game designers and the collective interpretations of a game’s player base? In this book, Timothy Rowlands brings a diverse mix of ethnographic, semiotic,... more...
- University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00
From flight simulators and first-person shooters to MMPOG and innovative strategy games like 2008s Spore, computer games owe their development to computer simulation and imaging produced by and for the military during the Cold War. To understand their place in contemporary culture, Patrick Crogan argues, we must first understand the military... more...
- Open Court 2012; US$ 19.95
This volume will convince readers that the swift ascent of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons to worldwide popularity in the 1970s and 1980s is ?the most exciting event in popular culture since the invention of the motion picture.? Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy presents twenty-one chapters by different writers, all D&D... more...
- Chicago Review Press 2012; US$ 13.99
Exposing a subculture only beginning to enter the imagination of mainstream America, this is the story of live action role-playing (LARP) games. A hybrid of games?such as Dungeons & Dragons, historical reenactment, fandom, and good old-fashioned pretend?LARP games are thriving and this book explores its multifaceted culture and related phenomenon,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 39.95
In this timely new book, Christopher Paul analyzes how the words we use to talk about video games and the structures that are produced within games shape a particular way of gaming by focusing on how games create meaning, lead to identification and division, persuade, and circulate ideas. Paul examines the broader social discourse about gaming, including:... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 133.00
How do gender and sexuality come to matter in online game cultures? Why is it important to explore "straight" versus "queer" contexts of play? And what does it mean to play together with others over time, as co-players and researchers? Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures is a book about female players and their passionate encounters... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 39.95
Despite record sales and an ever-growing global industry, the simple fact is that videogames are disappearing. Most obviously, the physical deterioration of discs, cartridges, consoles and controllers means that the data and devices will crumble to dust and eventually will be lost forever. However, there is more to the disappearance of videogames... more...