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: the way players are socialized into games; the impact of the lingering association of video games as kid's toys; the dynamics within specific games (including Grand Theft Auto and EA Sports Games); and the ways in which players participate in shaping the discourse of games, demonstrated through examples like the reward system of World of Warcraft and the development of theorycraft. Overall, this book illustrates how video games are shaped by words, design and play; all of which are negotiated, ongoing practices among the designers, players, and society that construct the discourse of video games.
Videogames are the pre-eminent commercial entertainment product of the 21st century, with sales eclipsing film and music revenue. With cross-over into artistic, educational and political spheres assured with their move from desktops and consoles to mobile devices and social media, research into videogames has never been greater, but exploration of their historic drivers is as elided as the technology is influential, giving rise to a range of questions including: What were the social and economic conditions that gave rise to a billion dollar industry? What were the motivations of the early 'bedroom coders'? How important were the 'format wars' of the 80s to the internationally pitched console wars of the 90s, 2000s and beyond? What are the legacies of the seminal videogames of the 1980s and how do they inform the current social, political and cultural landscape?. .With a focus on the characteristics of the UK videogame industry in the 1980s, Wade explores these questions from perspectives of consumption, production and leisure, outlining the construction of a habitus unique to this time. He also uses the US and European markets as a continuing point of comparison. Through interviews with developers, gamers and journalists examining the phenomena of bedroom coding, arcade gaming and format wars, mapped onto enquiry into the seminal genres of the time including driving, shooting and maze chase, Playback: A Genealogy of 1980s British Videogames examines how 1980s Britain has become the culture of work in the 21st century and considers its meaning to contemporary society. This crucial and timely work fills a lacuna for students and researchers of sociology, media/games studies and will be of interest to employees of the videogames and media industries.
This book is a guide to designing curricular games to suit the needs of students. It makes connections between video games and time-tested pedagogical techniques such as discovery learning and feedback to improve student engagement and learning. It also examines the social nature of gaming such as techniques for driver/navigator partners, small groups, and whole class structures to help make thinking visible; it expands the traditional design process teachers engage in by encouraging use of video game design techniques such as playtesting. The author emphasizes designing curricular games for problem-solving and warns against designing games that are simply "Alex Trebek (host of Jeopardy) wearing a mask". By drawing on multiple fields such as systems thinking, design theory, assessment, and curriculum design, this book relies on theory to generate techniques for practice.
No other book available covers the topic of videocassette acquisitions so completely. This professional reference gives special attention to problems unique to cataloging videocassettes within the electronic, on-line cataloging environment. The text provides ample theoretical discussion, along with practical examples of a variety of solutions.
Video acquisitions is one the most difficult tasks confronting any library today. Knowing and deciding what to buy and from whom, keeping track of orders, verifying titles, returning damaged and incorrectly shipped products, dealing with company representatives, obtaining discounts, and purchasing public performance rights are only some of the formidable decisions video librarians must make.
This professional reference is a detailed guide to video acquisitions and cataloging. Throughout the work, emphasis is placed on the problems and concerns of acquisitions and cataloging within the electronic, on-line environment of today's library. The text provides ample theoretical discussion, along with practical examples and illustrations of solutions to the problems faced by video librarians.
"Fundamentally, making games is designing with others, everyone contributing from different angles towards the best possible product. Conclusively, Garcia-Ruiz has chosen a collection of chapters that demonstrates several different aspects of working in gaming and working with others that stands to raise the level of expertise in the field." -Veronica Zammitto, Senior Lead Games User Research, Electronic Arts, Inc., from the Foreword Usability is about making a product easy to use while meeting the requirements of target users. Applied to video games, this means making the game accessible and enjoyable to the player. Video games with high usability are generally played efficiently and frequently while enjoying higher sales volumes. The case studies in this book present the latest interdisciplinary research and applications of games user research in determining and developing usability to improve the video game user experience at the human-computer interface level. Some of the areas examined include practical and ethical concerns in conducting usability testing with children, audio experiences in games, tangible and graphical game interfaces, controller testing, and business models in mobile gaming. Games User Research: A Case Study Approach provides a highly useful resource for researchers, practitioners, lecturers, and students in developing and applying methods for testing player usability as well as for conducting games user research. It gives the necessary theoretical and practical background for designing and conducting a test for usability with an eye toward modifying software interfaces to improve human-computer interaction between the player and the game.
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