Debugging Game History

A Critical Lexicon

by Henry Lowood, Raiford Guins, Mikael Jakobsson, Nick Montfort, Erkki Huhtamo, Rebecca Elizabeth Skinner, Katherine Isbister, Melanie Swalwell, Mark Sample, Raiford Guins, Peter Krapp, Steven E. Jones, Emma Witkowski, Kate Edwards, Michael Nitsche, Bobby Schweizer, Anastasia Salter, Don Ihde, Jon Ippolito, David Thomas, Mary Flanagan, Williiam Gibbons, David Sirlin, Jennifer deWinter, Reneé H. Reynolds, Ken S. McAllister, Judd Ruggill, Katie Salen Tekinbas, Henry Lowood, Mark J. P. Wolf, Carly A. Kocurek, Brooke Belisle, John Sharp, Jas Purewal, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Jenna Ng, Miguel Sicart, Laine Nooney, Stephanie Boluk, Patrick LeMieux, Hector Postigo, Marie-Laure Ryan, Caetlin Benson-Allott, Jesper Juul, Jacob Gaboury, Eric Kaltman, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Samuel Tobin, David Myers, Jon-Paul C. Dyson, James Newman, Marcelo Aranda

Series: Game Histories

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  • 0262331950
  • 9780262034197
  • 9780262331951

Essays discuss the terminology, etymology, and history of key terms, offering a foundation for critical historical studies of games.

Even as the field of game studies has flourished, critical historical studies of games have lagged behind other areas of research. Histories have generally been fact-by-fact chronicles; fundamental terms of game design and development, technology, and play have rarely been examined in the context of their historical, etymological, and conceptual underpinnings. This volume attempts to “debug” the flawed historiography of video games. It offers original essays on key concepts in game studies, arranged as in a lexicon—from “Amusement Arcade” to “Embodiment” and “Game Art” to “Simulation” and “World Building.”

Written by scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including game development, curatorship, media archaeology, cultural studies, and technology studies, the essays offer a series of distinctive critical “takes” on historical topics. The majority of essays look at game history from the outside in; some take deep dives into the histories of play and simulation to provide context for the development of electronic and digital games; others take on such technological components of games as code and audio. Not all essays are history or historical etymology—there is an analysis of game design, and a discussion of intellectual property—but they nonetheless raise questions for historians to consider. Taken together, the essays offer a foundation for the emerging study of game history.

Contributors
Marcelo Aranda, Brooke Belisle, Caetlin Benson-Allott, Stephanie Boluk, Jennifer deWinter, J. P. Dyson, Kate Edwards, Mary Flanagan, Jacob Gaboury, William Gibbons, Raiford Guins, Erkki Huhtamo, Don Ihde, Jon Ippolito, Katherine Isbister, Mikael Jakobsson, Steven E. Jones, Jesper Juul, Eric Kaltman, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Carly A. Kocurek, Peter Krapp, Patrick LeMieux, Henry Lowood, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Ken S. McAllister, Nick Monfort, David Myers, James Newman, Jenna Ng, Michael Nitsche, Laine Nooney, Hector Postigo, Jas Purewal, Reneé H. Reynolds, Judd Ethan Ruggill, Marie-Laure Ryan, Katie Salen Tekinbas, Anastasia Salter, Mark Sample, Bobby Schweizer, John Sharp, Miguel Sicart, Rebecca Elisabeth Skinner, Melanie Swalwell, David Thomas, Samuel Tobin, Emma Witkowski, Mark J.P. Wolf


  • The MIT Press; June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780262331951
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  • Title: Debugging Game History
  • Series: Game Histories
  • Author: Henry Lowood (ed.); Raiford Guins (ed.); Mikael Jakobsson (contrib.); Nick Montfort (contrib.); Erkki Huhtamo (contrib.); Rebecca Elizabeth Skinner (contrib.); Katherine Isbister (contrib.); Melanie Swalwell (contrib.); Mark Sample (contrib.); Raiford Guins (contrib.); Peter Krapp (contrib.); Steven E. Jones (contrib.); Emma Witkowski (contrib.); Kate Edwards (contrib.); Michael Nitsche (contrib.); Bobby Schweizer (contrib.); Anastasia Salter (contrib.); Don Ihde (contrib.); Jon Ippolito (contrib.); David Thomas (contrib.); Mary Flanagan (contrib.); Williiam Gibbons (contrib.); David Sirlin (contrib.); Jennifer deWinter (contrib.); Reneé H. Reynolds (contrib.); Ken S. McAllister (contrib.); Judd Ruggill (contrib.); Katie Salen Tekinbas (contrib.); Henry Lowood (contrib.); Mark J. P. Wolf (contrib.); Carly A. Kocurek (contrib.); Brooke Belisle (contrib.); John Sharp (contrib.); Jas Purewal (contrib.); Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (contrib.); Jenna Ng (contrib.); Miguel Sicart (contrib.); Laine Nooney (contrib.); Stephanie Boluk (contrib.); Patrick LeMieux (contrib.); Hector Postigo (contrib.); Marie-Laure Ryan (contrib.); Caetlin Benson-Allott (contrib.); Jesper Juul (contrib.); Jacob Gaboury (contrib.); Eric Kaltman (contrib.); Esther MacCallum-Stewart (contrib.); Samuel Tobin (contrib.); David Myers (contrib.); Jon-Paul C. Dyson (contrib.); James Newman (contrib.); Marcelo Aranda (contrib.)
  • Imprint: The MIT Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0262331950
  • 9780262034197
  • 9780262331951