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335 pages ; 25 cm
Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin's art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines--until the moment he wipes it all away. Nothing in Collin's life is meant to last. Then he meets Nina. . . . The daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher--but her students won't listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor--even if it means losing him. Against this poignant backdrop, Allegra Goodman paints a tableau of students, neighbors, and colleagues: Diana, a teenage girl trying to make herself invisible; her twin brother, Aidan, who's addicted to the games produced by Nina's father; and Daphne, a viral-marketing trickster who unites them all, for better or worse.
Green Library
1 online resource (898 pages) : illustrations.
  • Fundamental concepts and design methodologies
  • Technologies and applications
  • Organizational implications and critical issues
  • Emerging trends.
Addiction is a powerful and destructive condition impacting large portions of the population around the world. While typically associated with substances such as drugs and alcohol, technology and gaming addiction have become a concern in recent years as technology use has become ubiquitous. Gaming and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice explores the social and psychological implications of technology and gaming addiction in addition to ways to manage and treat this unique form of addiction. Focusing on emerging research, case studies, and future outlooks, this comprehensive publication is an essential resource for psychologists, counselors, graduate-level students, and researchers studying psychology and technology use.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781522507789 20161213

3. GTFO [2015]

1 online resource (streaming video file) (76 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world. Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO examines the female experience in gaming and begins a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.
1 online resource ( 379 pages.) :.
  • Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedicaton; Contents; Introduction. Metagaming: Videogames and the Practice of Play; 1 About, Within, Around, Without: A Survey of Six Metagames; Metagame 1: Triforce; 2 Stretched Skulls: Anamorphic Games and the Memento Mortem Mortis; Metagame 2: Memento Mortem Mortis; 3 Blind Spots: The Phantom Pain, The Helen Keller Simulator, and Disability in Games; Metagame 3: It Is Pitch Black; 4 Hundred Thousand Billion Fingers: Serial Histories of Super Mario Bros; Metagame 4: 99 Exercises in Style.
  • 5 The Turn of the Tide: International E- Sports and the Undercurrency in Dota 2; Metagame 5: Tide Hunter; 6 Breaking the Metagame: Feminist Spoilsports and Magic Circle Jerks; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Gameography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
379 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The greatest trick the videogame industry ever pulled was convincing the world that videogames were games rather than a medium for making metagames. Elegantly defined as "games about games, " metagames implicate a diverse range of practices that stray outside the boundaries and bend the rules: from technical glitches and forbidden strategies to Renaissance painting, algorithmic trading, professional sports, and the War on Terror. In Metagaming, Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux demonstrate how games always extend beyond the screen, and how modders, mappers, streamers, spectators, analysts, and artists are changing the way we play. Metagaming uncovers these alternative histories of play by exploring the strange experiences and unexpected effects that emerge in, on, around, and through videogames. Players puzzle through the problems of perspectival rendering in Portal, perform clandestine acts of electronic espionage in EVE Online, compete and commentate in Korean StarCraft, and speedrun The Legend of Zelda in record times (with or without the use of vision). Companies like Valve attempt to capture the metagame through international e-sports and online marketplaces while the corporate history of Super Mario Bros. is undermined by the endless levels of Infinite Mario, the frustrating pranks of Asshole Mario, and even Super Mario Clouds, a ROM hack exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art. One of the only books to include original software alongside each chapter, Metagaming transforms videogames from packaged products into instruments, equipment, tools, and toys for intervening in the sensory and political economies of everyday life. And although videogames conflate the creativity, criticality, and craft of play with the act of consumption, we don't simply play videogames--we make metagames"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
248 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
  • Level 1: A Brief History of Violent Video Games Level 2: Teaching Us to Fear Level 3: Science Wars Level 4: The Grand Theft Fallacy Level 5: The Big Lie about School Shootings Level 6: Video Game Addiction Level 7: Strong Morals and Fit Bodies Level 8: Achievement Unlocked Level 9: A Strategy Guide for Parents About the Authors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781942952985 20170530
In family rooms across America, millions of children and teenagers are playing video games, such as Call of Duty, Halo, and Grand Theft Auto, roaming violent virtual worlds--with virtual guns in their hands. In what sometimes seems like an increasingly violent world, it's only natural to worry about the effects of all this pixelated gore. But is that concern misplaced? Authors and psychologists Patrick M. Markey and Christopher J. Ferguson say it is. The media and politicians have been sounding the alarm for years, and with every fresh tragedy involving a young perpetrator comes another flurry of articles about the dangers of violent media. The problem is this: Their fear isn't supported by the evidence. In fact, unlike the video game--trained murder machines depicted in the press, school shooters are actually less likely to be interested in violent games than their peers. In reality, most well-adjusted children and teenagers play violent video games, all without ever exhibiting violent behavior in real life. What's more, spikes in sales of violent games actually correspond to decreased rates of violent crime. If that surprises you, you're not alone--the national dialogue on games and violence has been hopelessly biased. But that's beginning to change. Scholars are finding that not only are violent games not one of society's great evils, they may even be a force for good. In Moral Combat, Markey and Ferguson explore how video games--even the bloodiest--can have a positive impact on everything from social skills to stress, and may even make us more morally sensitive. Tracing the rise of violent games from arcades to online deathmatches, they have spent years on the front lines of the video game debate and now offer a comprehensive overview of the scientific research on gaming. With humor, complete honesty, and extensive research, they separate the myth from the medium. Moral Combat is an irreverent and informative guide to the worries--and wonders--of our violent virtual world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781942952985 20170530
Green Library
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The Player's Power to Change the Game [-]1. The Game vs. the Player [-]2. Chapters[-][-]Chapter 1. Lightness of Digital Doll Play [-]1. The KiSS Doll [-]2. From Dolls to Avatars[-]3. The Collaborative Unfolding Game[-]4. Ludic Mutation vs. Ludic Stasis in M.M.O.R.P.G.s[-]5. A Virtual Space of Appearance [-]6. Gender, Identity Play, and the Active Disclosure of the Who [-]7. Disembodied Sensual Pleasure [-]8. Beyond the Dollhouse[-] [-]Chapter 2. Modding: Cross-Over Mutation and Unwelcome Gifts [-]1. A Brief History of First Person Shooter Modding [-]2. Sandbox World-building, Interface Mods, and Expert Cheats [-]3. Artistic Noise in the System [-]4. Cross-Over Mutation of Play Material [-]5. Thieving Parasites [-]6. A Common Sphere of Gifted Games [-]7. Rejected Gifts [-][-]Chapter 3. Activist Game Rhetoric: Clockwork Worlds, Broken Toys, and Harrowing Missions [-]1. The Toy World System[-]2. Overseers of Toy World Operations[-]3. The Ordinariness of Interactive Toy World Equipment[-]4. Player vs. Game[-]5. Harrowing Missions of Refugees[-]6. Broken Toys and the No Play Imperative[-][-]Chapter 4. City as Military Playground: Contested Urban Terrain [-]1. Military Playgrounds [-]2. Military Theories of Urban Occupation[-]3. From Deadly Play to Administrators of Life [-]4. The Artist's Intervention as Situationist Game [-]5. Hacking the City [-]6. Contesting the Terrain[-]7. Funny Resistance [-]8. Points of D tournement[-][-]Chapter 5. Toys of Biopolis[-]1. Biopolitics, Apparatus, Gadget [-]2. The Biocontrol Society[-]3. Augmented Urban Reality and Paidiaic Toys [-]4. A Children's Biopolis[-][-]Chapter 6. A Tactical Sketchbook for Ludic Mutation[-]1. Tactic #1: Elude[-]2. Tactic #2: Mutate from Within[-]3. Tactic #3: The Broken Toy Tactic [-]4. Tactic #4: Artistic Hacktivism[-]5. Tactic #5: Reprogrammable Toy Gadgetry[-][-]Bibliography[-]Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789089647726 20170522
Games, Activism, Art, Critical Media Studies, Ludology, Biopolitics, Serious Games, Gamification.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789089647726 20170522
Green Library
viii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Post-9/11 Video Game: A Critical Examination demonstrates that a new genre of video games arises from the American experience of 9/11. The representations reflect reshaped notions of the (sub)urban spaces, identity and the role of the citizen as a consumer and as a producer of culture. Ouellette and Thompson combine semiotic and rhetorical analysis to bridge the gap between the narratology and ludology strands of game studies in an original interpretation of dominant game franchises Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Grand Theft Auto and Syphon Filter in both pre- and post- 9/11 game titles. The comparisons reveal striking changes in the iconography of cultural narratives that mainstream audiences were interested in seeing and playing in this period. New York transforms into a symbol of America itself, the mall becomes a symbol of American values, and zombies offer a symbol of foreign invasion. Since these narrative elements can serve differing political purposes and social ends, the focus is not on any particular game, character or narrative aspects but on what those elements come to figure through the genre and what it means to be able to manipulate and to participate in the conflict, at least within the structures, conventions and algorithms of video games. Indeed, these elements transcend traditional genre and platform categories so that post-9/11 representation shapes video games and is shaped by them. Taken together, post-9/11 video games offer a new genre that, in revisiting a national trauma, offers a therapeutic, apolitical solution to the geopolitical upheavals occasioned by 9/11 so that mainstream games become the successor to film and television in the ongoing redefinition American identity, especially masculinity, in times of war and conflict.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786499021 20170703
Green Library
xiv, 258 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library

10. Queer game studies [2017]

xxxiii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Video games have developed into a rich, growing field at many top universities, but they have rarely been considered from a queer perspective. Immersion in new worlds, video games seem to offer the perfect opportunity to explore the alterity that queer culture longs for, but often sexism and discrimination in gamer culture steal the spotlight. Queer Game Studies provides a welcome corrective, revealing the capacious albeit underappreciated communities that are making, playing, and studying queer games.These in-depth, diverse, and accessible essays use queerness to challenge the ideas that have dominated gaming discussions. Demonstrating the centrality of LGBTQ issues to the gamer world, they establish an alternative lens for examining this increasingly important culture. Queer Game Studies covers important subjects such as the representation of queer bodies, the casual misogyny prevalent in video games, the need for greater diversity in gamer culture, and reading popular games like Bayonetta, Mass Effect, and Metal Gear Solid from a queer perspective. Perfect for both everyday readers and instructors looking to add diversity to their courses, Queer Game Studies is the ideal introduction to the vast and vibrant realm of queer gaming. Contributors: Leigh Alexander; Gregory L. Bagnall, U of Rhode Island; Hanna Brady; Mattie Brice; Derek Burrill, U of California, Riverside; Edmond Y. Chang, U of Oregon; Naomi M. Clark; Katherine Cross, CUNY; Kim d'Amazing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Aubrey Gabel, U of California, Berkeley; Christopher Goetz, U of Iowa; Jack Halberstam, U of Southern California; Todd Harper, U of Baltimore; Larissa Hjorth, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Chelsea Howe; Jesper Juul, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; merritt kopas; Colleen Macklin, Parsons School of Design; Amanda Phillips, Georgetown U; Gabriela T. Richard, Pennsylvania State U; Toni Rocca; Sarah Schoemann, Georgia Institute of Technology; Kathryn Bond Stockton, U of Utah; Zoya Street, U of Lancaster; Peter Wonica; Robert Yang, Parsons School of Design; Jordan Youngblood, Eastern Connecticut State U.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781517900373 20170605
Green Library

11. Art of Atari [2016]

351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, and computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children and adults to embrace and enjoy the new era of electronic entertainment. The Art of Atari is the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced from private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company's unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more. Co-written by Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino, The Art of Atari includes behind-the-scenes details on how dozens of games featured within were conceived of, illustrated, approved (or rejected), and brought to life! Includes a special Foreword by New York Times bestseller Ernest Cline author of Armada and Ready Player One, soon to be a motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. Whether you're a fan, collector, enthusiast, or new to the world of Atari, this book offers the most complete collection of Atari artwork ever produced! "For me, revisiting the beautiful artwork presented in this book is almost as good as taking a trip in Doc Brown's time machine back to that halcyon era at the dawn of the digital age. But be warned, viewing these images may leave you with an overwhelming desire to revisit the ancient pixelated battlefields they each depict as well." -- from the Foreword by Ernest Cline, author of READY PLAYER ONE Robert V. Conte wrote the Afterword.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781524101039 20161213
Green Library
viii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the early days of arcades and Nintendo, many players didn't recognize Japanese games as coming from Japan; they were simply new and interesting games to play. But since then, fans, media, and the games industry have thought further about the "Japaneseness" of particular games. Game developers try to decide whether a game's Japaneseness is a selling point or stumbling block; critics try to determine what elements in a game express its Japaneseness -- cultural motifs or technical markers. Games were "localized, " subjected to sociocultural and technical tinkering. In this book, Mia Consalvo looks at what happens when Japanese games travel outside Japan, and how they are played, thought about, and transformed by individuals, companies, and groups in the West. Consalvo begins with players, first exploring North American players' interest in Japanese games (and Japanese culture in general) and then investigating players' DIY localization of games, in the form of ROM hacking and fan translating. She analyzes several Japanese games released in North America and looks in detail at the Japanese game company Square Enix. She examines indie and corporate localization work, and the rise of the professional culture broker. Finally, she compares different approaches to Japaneseness in games sold in the West and considers how Japanese games have influenced Western games developers. Her account reveals surprising cross-cultural interactions between Japanese games and Western game developers and players, between Japaneseness and the market.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262034395 20160704
Green Library
ix, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Video games are becoming an ever more ubiquitous element of daily life, played by millions on devices that range from smart phones to desktop computers. An examination of this phenomenon reveals that video games are increasingly being converted into cultural currency. For video game designers, culture is a resource that can be incorporated into games; for players, local gaming practices and specific social contexts can affect their playing experiences. In Cultural Code, Phillip Penix-Tadsen shows how culture uses games and how games use culture, looking at examples related to Latin America. Both static code and subjective play have been shown to contribute to the meaning of games; Penix-Tadsen introduces culture as a third level of creating meaning. Penix-Tadsen focuses first on how culture uses games, looking at the diverse practices of play in Latin America, the ideological and intellectual uses of games, and the creative and economic possibilities opened up by video games in Latin America -- the evolution of regional game design and development. Examining how games use culture, Penix-Tadsen discusses in-game cultural representations of Latin America in a range of popular titles (pointing out, for example, appearances of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue in games from Call of Duty to the tourism-promoting Brasil Quest). He analyzes this through semiotics, the signifying systems of video games and the specific signifiers of Latin American culture; space, how culture is incorporated into different types of game environments; and simulation, the ways that cultural meaning is conveyed procedurally and algorithmically through gameplay mechanics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262034050 20160619
Green Library
xii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Part I: Digital Games as History1. Introduction 2. Interacting with Digital Games as History Part II: Digital Games as Historical Representations 3. Simulation Styles and Epistemologies 4. Time and Space 5. Narrative in Games: Categorising for Analysis 6. Historical Narrative in Digital Games Part III: Digital Games as Systems for Historying 7. Affording Hertiage Experiences, Reenactment and Narrative Historying 8. Digital Games as Historical Reenactment 9. Digital Games as (Counterfactual) Narrative Historying Part IV: Digital Games as a Historical Form 10. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138841628 20160718
This book provides the first in-depth exploration of video games as history. Chapman puts forth five basic categories of analysis for understanding historical video games: simulation and epistemology, time, space, narrative, and affordance. Through these methods of analysis he explores what these games uniquely offer as a new form of history and how they produce representations of the past. By taking an inter-disciplinary and accessible approach the book provides a specific and firm first foundation upon which to build further examination of the potential of video games as a historical form.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138841628 20160718
Green Library
viii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
In Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat, the third edited volume in the series that includes From Barbie to Mortal Kombat and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat, we expand the discussions on gender, race, and sexuality in gaming. We include intersectional perspectives on the experiences of diverse players, non-players and designers and promote inclusive designs for broadening access and participation in gaming, design and development. Contributors from media studies, gender studies, game studies, educational design, learning sciences, computer science, and game development examine who plays, how they play, where and what they play, why they play (or choose not to play), and with whom they play. This volume further explores how we can diversify access, participation and design for more inclusive play and learning.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781365268830 20161024
Green Library
vi, 296 pages ; 22 cm
  • 1.What Are the Concerns about Mediated Violence?.- 2.How Much Exposure to Violence Do Children Have in Video Games?.- 3.What Are the Effects that Cause Concern?.- 4.Is There a Link Between Playing Video Games and Social Violence?.- 5.Can Playing Video Games Really Trigger Aggression?.- 6.Can Video Games Influence Levels of Real Violence?.- 7.Can Video Games Promote Good Behaviour?.- 8.Are Some Players More Susceptible Than Others to Video Game Effects?.- 9.Do Players Respond Similarly to All Video Violence?.- 10.What Is the Overall State of Evidence Concerning the Effects of Violent Video Game?.- 11.Do Video Games Need To Be Better Regulated?
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137579843 20161003
This book is an academic work which reviews and critiques the research literature concerning violent games and their alleged effects on players. It examines the debates about the potential effects of these games and the divisions between scholars working in the field. It places the research on violent video games in the longer historical context of scholarly work on media violence. It examines research from around the world on the nature of video games and their effects. It provides a critique of relevant theories of media violence effects and in particular theories developed within the older media violence literature and then considers how useful this and newer scholarly work might be for policy-makers and regulators. The book identifies where gaps exist in the extent literature and where future research attention might be directed.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137579843 20161003
Green Library
1 online resource (xv, 338 pages) : illustrations.
  • Foreword; Preface; Contents; Contributors; Part I Theory; 1 The Aesthetic Motives of Play; Introduction; Cautions About Asking `Why'; Uncertainty as the Foundation of Play; General Motives; The Social Motive; The Thrill-Seeking Motive; The Curiosity Motive; Functional Motives; The Victory Motive; The Problem-Solving Motive; The Luck Motive; The Acquisition Motive; Representational Motives; The Narrative Motive; The Horror Motive; The Agency Motive; Conclusion; References; 2 Affect Channel Model of Evaluation in the Context of Digital Games; Introduction; Background; Model Details
  • Building BlocksOrganization; Affect Channels; The Model; Pre-stimulus Level (L0); Reflexes (L1); Survival Evaluation (L2); Evaluation of Predicted Consequences (L3); Conceptual Evaluations and Further (L4+); Final Words; References; 3 Affective Involvement in Digital Games; Introduction; The Bottom-Up Experience Triangle; The Player Involvement Model; A Quantitative Perspective; Experimental Design; Experiment 1: Game Story; Experiment 2: Social Setting; Experiment 3: Game Controller; Measures; Results; Impact of Manipulations on Player Involvement; Experiment 1: Game Story
  • Experiment 2: Social SettingExperiment 3: Game Controller; Combining Affective Involvement; Experiment 1: Game Story; Narrative Involvement and Affective Involvement; Ludic Involvement and Affective Involvement; Experiment 2: Social Setting; Shared Involvement and Affective Involvement; Experiment 3: Game Controller; Kinesthetic Involvement and Affective Involvement; Spatial Involvement and Affective Involvement; Conclusion; References; Part II Emotion Modelling and Affect-Driven Adaptation; 4 Multimodal Sensing in Affective Gaming; Introduction; Affective Gaming; Sources of Affect
  • Vision-BasedFacial Expressions; Body Expressivity; Haptics; Wearable Games; Affective Evaluation of Players; Affective Interaction in Games; Existing Commercial Games; Affective Gaming Scenarios and Challenges; Affective Gaming Scenarios; Affective Gaming Challenges; Applications of Affective Games; Conclusions; References; 5 Emotion Modelling via Speech Content and Prosody: In Computer Games and Elsewhere; Introduction; Emotion Modelling; Emotion and Games; Speech Content; Speech Recognition and Emotion; Textual Features; Tokenisation and Tagging; Vector Space Modelling
  • Zero-Resource ModellingLearning; Prosodic and Acoustic Modelling; Speaker Separation and Denoising; Prosodic and Acoustic Features; Zero-Resource Modelling; Learning; Integration and Embedding; Fusion; Available Tools; Data and Benchmarks; Distribution; Confidence Measures; Adaptation and Self-Training; Encoding and Standards; Summary and White Spots; Summary; White Spots; References; 6 Comparing Two Commercial Brain Computer Interfaces for Serious Games and Virtual Environments; What Are Brain-Computer Interfaces?; Neuroimaging Techniques for BCI Systems
The core message of this book is: computer games best realise affective interaction. This book brings together contributions from specialists in affective computing, game studies, game artificial intelligence, user experience research, sensor technology, multi-modal interfaces and psychology that will advance the state-of-the-art in player experience research; affect modelling, induction, and sensing; affect-driven game adaptation and game-based learning and assessment. In 3 parts the books covers Theory, Emotion Modelling and Affect-Driven Adaptation, and Applications. This book will be of interest to researchers and scholars in the field of affective computing, and artificial intelligence. .
xxxiv, 456 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
With complex stories and stunning visuals eliciting intense emotional responses, coupled with opportunities for self-expression and problem solving, video games are a powerful medium to foster empathy, critical thinking, and creativity in players. As these games grow in popularity, ambition, and technological prowess, they become a legitimate art form, shedding old attitudes and misconceptions along the way. Examining the Evolution of Gaming and Its Impact on Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives asks whether videogames have the power to transform a player and his or her beliefs from a sociopolitical perspective. Unlike traditional forms of storytelling, videogames allow users to immerse themselves in new worlds, situations, and politics. This publication surveys the landscape of videogames and analyzes the emergent gaming that shifts the definition and cultural effects of videogames. This book is a valuable resource to game designers and developers, sociologists, students of gaming, and researchers in relevant fields.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781522502616 20160830
Green Library
vi, 158 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction 1. Videogame Plane 2. The Smooth and Striated 3. Rhizome-Play 4. Ludo-Diagram 5. Artist and Apprentice 6. Molecular Mario 7. Major / Minor.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138925533 20160619
Videogames are a unique artistic form, and to analyse and understand them an equally unique language is required. Cremin turns to Deleuze and Guattari's non-representational philosophy to develop a conceptual toolkit for thinking anew about videogames and our relationship to them. Rather than approach videogames through a language suited to other media forms, Cremin invites us to think in terms of a videogame plane and the compositions of developers and players who bring them to life. According to Cremin, we are not simply playing videogames, we are creating them. We exceed our own bodily limitations by assembling forces with the elements they are made up of. The book develops a critical methodology that can explain what every videogame, irrespective of genre or technology, has in common and proceeds on this basis to analyse their differences. Drawing from a wide range of examples spanning the history of the medium, Cremin discerns the qualities inherent to those regarded as classics and what those qualities enable the player to do. Exploring Videogames with Deleuze and Guattari analyses different aspects of the medium, including the social and cultural context in which videogames are played, to develop a nuanced perspective on gendered narratives, caricatures and glorifications of war. It considers the processes and relationships that have given rise to industrial giants, the spiralling costs of making videogames and the pressure this places developers under to produce standard variations of winning formulas. The book invites the reader to embark on a molecular journey through worlds neither 'virtual' nor 'real' exceeding image, analogy and metaphor. With clear explanations and detailed analysis, Cremin demonstrates the value of a Deleuzian approach to the study of videogames, making it an accessible and valuable resource for students, scholars, developers and enthusiasts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138925533 20160619
Green Library
250 pages ; 24 cm
The videogame scene has evolved from the hobby of boys in bedrooms to a popular pastime for anyone with a smartphone. Many of the old guard resent this mainstreaming of games culture--and they've been anything but welcoming. These trolls have created a climate of fear by abusing and harassing women, minorities and anyone who has dared to speak out against misogyny and other problems in the boys' club industry. Game Changers puts these conflicts under the microscope, in Australia and overseas. The book features exclusive interviews with many key figures working to make the videogame world a safe space, including Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, two of the women at the centre of the Gamergate abuse. In 2015, they were asked by the United Nations to lead a panel discussion on the 'rising tide of online violence against women and girls'. Authors Dan Golding and Leena van Deventer use their extensive experience in the videogame industry, both as players and professionals, to examine how games culture is growing, diversifying and changing for the better.
Green Library


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