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Utopic dreams and apocalyptic fantasies : critical approaches to researching video game play

Author: J Talmadge Wright; David G Embrick; András Lukács
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies invites us to examine critical questions about video game play, pleasure, and fantasy from a sociological perspective.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Talmadge Wright; David G Embrick; András Lukács
ISBN: 9780739147009 0739147005 0739147021 9780739147023
OCLC Number: 889242574
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2011. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
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Contents: Part 1 I. Introduction Chapter 2 1. Introduction to Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies Part 3 II. Modern Play and Technology-Defining Digital Play Chapter 4 2. The Transformation of Cultural Play Chapter 5 3. "Is He 'Avin a Laugh?": The Importance of Fun to Virtual Play Studies Chapter 6 4. Capitalism, Contradiction and the Carnivalesque: Alienated Labor vs. Ludic Play Chapter 7 5. Sneaking Mission: Late Imperial America and Metal Gear Solid 8 6. I Blog, Therefore I Am: Virtual Embodiment and the Self 9 III. Marketing Culture and the Video Game Business Chapter 10 7. Marketing Computer Games: Reinforcing or Changing Stereotypes? Chapter 11 8. Censoring Violence in Virtual Dystopia: Issues in the Rating of Videogames in Japan and of Japanese Videogames outside Japan Chapter 12 9. Coding Culture: Video game Localization and the Practice of Mediating Cultural Difference Part 13 IV.Researching Video Game Play Chapter 14 10. Beyond Sheeping the Moon - Methodological Considerations for Critical Studies of Digital Play Chapter 15 11. The Chorus of the Dead: Roles, Identity Formation, and Ritual Processes inside a FPS multiplayer online game Chapter 16 12. The Quantitative/Qualitative Antimony in Virtual World Studies Part 17 V.Summary and Conclusions Chapter 18 13. Virtual Today, Reality Tomorrow: Taking Our Sociological Understanding of Virtual Game play to the Next Level
Responsibility: edited by J. Talmadge Wright, David G. Embrick, and András Lukács.

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As tabletop wargames and fantasy role-playing games have morphed into video-games, scholars have recognized that these new game forms demand attention. With their economic impact and social Read more...

 
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