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Classic Home Video Games, 1985–1988: A Complete Reference Guide

Classic Home Video Games, 1985–1988: A Complete Reference Guide


A follow up to 2007's Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984, this reference work provides detailed descriptions and reviews of every U.S.-released game for the Nintendo NES, the Atari 7800, and the Sega Master System, all of which are considered among the most popular video game systems ever produced. Organized alphabetically by console brand, each chapter includes a description of the game system...   [click here for more]
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Classic Home Video Games, 1989-1990

Classic Home Video Games, 1989-1990


A Complete Guide to Sega Genesis, Neo Geo and TurboGrafx-16 Games The third in a series about home video games, this detailed reference work features descriptions and reviews of every official U.S.-released game for the Neo Geo, Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16, which, in 1989, ushered in the 16-bit era of gaming. Organized alphabetically by console brand, each chapter includes...   [click here for more]
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Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming

Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming


" The word ""control"" has many implications for video games. On a basic level, without player control, there is no experience. Much of the video game industry focuses on questions of control and ways to improve play to make the gamer feel more connected to the virtual world. The sixteen essays in this collection offer critical examinations of the issue of control in video...   [click here for more]
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Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games

Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games


While board games can appear almost primitive in the digital age, eurogames--also known as German-style board games--have increased in popularity nearly concurrently with the rise of video games. Eurogames have simple rules and short playing times and emphasize strategy over luck and conflict. This book examines the form of eurogames, the hobbyist culture that surrounds them, and the way that hobbyists...   [click here for more]
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Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects

Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects


An eleven-year-old boy strangled an elderly woman for the equivalent of five dollars in 2007, then buried her body under a thin layer of sand. He told the police that he needed the money to play online videogames. Just a month later, an eight-year-old Norwegian boy saved his younger sister's life by threatening an attacking moose and then feigning death when the moose attacked him--skills he said he...   [click here for more]
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Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish

Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish


Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions about the process involved in creating a game from scratch, believing a "big idea" is all that is needed to get started. But game design requires action as well as thought, and proper training and practice to do so skillfully. In this indispensible guide, a published commercial game designer and longtime teacher offers practical...   [click here for more]
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Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema

Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema


The 14 essays in Game on, Hollywood! take on several points of game and film intersection. They look at storylines, aesthetics, mechanics, and production. The book is about adaptation (video game to film, film to video game), but it is even more about narrative. The essays draw attention to the ways and possibilities of telling a story. They consider differences and similarities...   [click here for more]
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Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct

Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct


Librarians are beginning to see the importance of game based learning and incorporating games into library services to increase patron engagement and interaction. This book is written for librarians interested in using games to improve patron or student knowledge of library services and decrease patron anxiety of the library. This book provides practical suggestions and methods of incorporating games...   [click here for more]
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Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games

Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games


Since tabletop fantasy role-playing games emerged in the 1970s, fantasy gaming has made a unique contribution to popular culture and perceptions of social realities in America and around the world. This contribution is increasingly apparent as the gaming industry has diversified with the addition of collectible strategy games and other innovative products, as well as the recent advancements in videogame...   [click here for more]
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Horror Video Games: Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play

Horror Video Games: Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play


In this in-depth critical and theoretical analysis of the horror genre in video games, 14 essays explore the cultural underpinnings of horror's allure for gamers and the evolution of "survival" themes. The techniques and story effects of specific games such as Resident Evil, Call of Cthulhu, and Silent Hill are examined individually. ...   [click here for more]
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Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing

Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing


This collection of all-new essays approaches the topic of immersion as a product of social and media relations. Examining the premises and aesthetics of live-action and tabletop role-playing games, reality television, social media apps and first-person shooters, the essays take both game rules and the media discourse that games produce as serious objects of study. Scholars of social psychology, sociology,...   [click here for more]
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Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design

Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design


From the text adventures of Zork, to the arcade game of Pac-Man, to the corridors of Doom, and on to the city streets of Grand Theft Auto IV, the maze has often been used as a space to trap and confuse players in their navigation of gameworlds. However, the maze as a construction on the landscape has a long history before the invention of the videogame. By examining the change in the maze from the...   [click here for more]
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My Avatar, My Self: Identity in Video Role-Playing Games

My Avatar, My Self: Identity in Video Role-Playing Games


With videogames now one of the world's most popular diversions, the virtual world has increasing psychological influence on real-world players. This book examines the relationships between virtual and non-virtual identity in visual role-playing games. Utilizing James Gee's theoretical constructs of real-world identity, virtual-world identity, and projective identity, this research shows dynamic,...   [click here for more]
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Role-Playing Game and Collectible Card Game Artists: A Biographical Dictionary

Role-Playing Game and Collectible Card Game Artists: A Biographical Dictionary


This biographical dictionary is the first of its kind to document artists' contributions to one of the most popular and far-reaching of contemporary teenage social pastimes of the last quarter of the 20th century; that of role-playing games and collectible card games. The book presents full information on 150 artists, both painters and cartographers, whose influence and illustrative contributions...   [click here for more]
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Terms of Play

Terms of Play


Essays on Words That Matter in Videogame Theory This edited collection of new essays is devoted to the terminology used in the fields of videogame theory and videogame studies. Videogame scholars provide theoretical critiques of existing terminology, mount arguments for the creation of new terminology, articulate terminological gaps in the current literature devoted to videogame...   [click here for more]
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The Buffyverse Catalog

The Buffyverse Catalog


A Complete Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in Print, Film, Television, Comics, Games and Other Media, 1992-2010 This bibliographic guide covers the "Buffyverse"--the fictional worlds of the acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999-2004), as well as the original Buffy feature film of 1992. It is the largest...   [click here for more]
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The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games

The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games


Despite the rise of computer gaming, millions of adults still play face to face role playing games, which rely in part on social interaction to create stories. This work explores tabletop role playing game (TRPG) as a genre separate from computer role playing games. The relationship of TRPGs to other games is examined, as well as the interaction among the tabletop module, computer game, and novel...   [click here for more]
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The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games

The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games


Tracing the evolution of fantasy gaming from its origins in tabletop war and collectible card games to contemporary web-based live action and massive multi-player games, this book examines the archetypes and concepts within the fantasy gaming genre alongside the roles and functions of the game players themselves. Other topics include: How The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings helped shape fantasy...   [click here for more]
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The Fantasy Role-Playing Game: A New Performing Art

The Fantasy Role-Playing Game: A New Performing Art


Many of today's hottest selling games--both non-electronic and electronic--focus on such elements as shooting up as many bad guys as one can (Duke Nuk'em), beating the toughest level (Mortal Kombat), collecting all the cards (Pokemon), and scoring the most points (Tetris). Fantasy role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons, Rolemaster, GURPS), while they may involve some of those aforementioned...   [click here for more]
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The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity

The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity


This study takes an analytical approach to the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding their psychological and sociological functions. Sometimes dismissed as escapist and potentially dangerous, role-playing actually encourages creativity, self-awareness, group cohesion and "out-of-the-box" thinking. The book also offers a detailed participant-observer...   [click here for more]
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The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics

The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics


This collection of essays situates the digital gaming phenomenon alongside broader debates in cultural and media studies. Contributors to this volume maintain that computer games are not simply toys, but rather circulate as commodities, new media technologies, and items of visual culture that are embedded in complex social practices. Apart from placing games within longer arcs of cultural history...   [click here for more]
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The Video Games Guide

The Video Games Guide


1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962-2012, 2d ed. The Video Games Guide is the world's most comprehensive reference book on computer and video games. Presented in an A to Z format, this greatly expanded new edition spans fifty years of game design--from the very earliest (1962's Spacewar) through the present day releases on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. Each...   [click here for more]
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Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays

Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays


Source criticism--analysis of a writer's source material--has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology...   [click here for more]
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Unraveling Resident Evil: Essays on the Complex Universe of the Games and Films

Unraveling Resident Evil: Essays on the Complex Universe of the Games and Films


Resident Evil is a multidimensional as well as multimedia universe: various books, graphic novels, games and movies (the fifth one came out in 2012) all contribute to this enormous universe. The essays written for this volume will focus on this particular zombie manifestation and its significance in popular culture. The essayists come from very different fields, so it was possible to cover a wide...   [click here for more]
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War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film

War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film


Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics of their time. Superheroes...   [click here for more]
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