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Performing the force : essays on immersion into science fiction, fantasy, and horror environments

Author: Kurt Lancaster; Thomas J Mikotowicz
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With the technology of the new millennium continuing to advance, there has been an increased interest in participatory forms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror entertainment such as role-playing and computer games, websites, and virtual reality settings. People seem to have a desire to go beyond the ordinary and well into the fantastic. This work is a compilation of new essays (all but one never before
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt Lancaster; Thomas J Mikotowicz
ISBN: 0786408952 9780786408955
OCLC Number: 45610158
Description: vii, 207 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Popular Entertainment and the Desire for Transcendence: Immersion into Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Performances / Kurt Lancaster and Tom Mikotowicz --
pt. I. The Desire for the Fantastic: Escape or Self-Elucidation? The Quest: Dreams and Desires in Fantasy and Science Fiction / Heather Jean Fitch --
pt. II. Performing the Myth of Science Fiction's Popular Culture Icons. The Mythology of the Stanley Kubrick Image / Christine Witmer. The Performance of George Pal / Snezhana Kushnir. George Lucas: His Roles and His Myths / Steve Bebout. The Myth of George Lucas Surrounding: The Phantom Menace / Robert Delaney. Star Wars: The Magic of the Anti-Myth / Daniel Mackay. Man and Myth: Social Implications of Chris Carter and The X-Files / Jennifer Anderson. Alex Proyas: A Consistent Image / Claudia Debs. A Robert Jordan Book Signing / Jesse Snedden --
pt. III. Performing in Computer Games. The Performance of War Games / Benjamin N. Fox. Playing Video Games as a Performance / Christopher Shade. The Re-performance of Star Wars in Computer Games / Kellee Santiago. Virtual Simulated Environments: Performing in "The Ages of Myst and Riven" / Tom Mikotowicz --
pt. IV. At the Interface: Webpages as Sites of Immersion. Interface Design as Performance: A Link Between Fantasy and Reality / Tracy N. Schmetterer. Godzilla Attacks the World Wide Web / Rebecca Feldman.
Responsibility: edited by Kurt Lancaster and Tom Mikotowicz.

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"With the technology of the new millennium continuing to advance, there has been an increased interest in participatory forms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror entertainment such as role-playing and computer games, websites, and virtual reality settings. People seem to have a desire to go beyond the ordinary and well into the fantastic. This work is a compilation of new essays (all but one never before published) written by experts in both electronic and non-electronic game genres, covering computer games, web pages, Internet role-playing, interactive movies, table-top games, live-action role-playing, ghost hunts, action figures and amusement park rides.

They cover a variety of viewpoints as to how and why people become so engrossed with virtual reality-type activities."--Jacket.

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