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Storyplaying: Agency and Narrative in Video Games

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ISBN: 9783110272451 9783110272161 Year: Pages: 196 DOI: 10.1515/9783110272451 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Incontestably, Future Narratives are most conspicuous in video games: they combine narrative with the major element of all games: agency. The persons who perceive these narratives are not simply readers or spectators but active agents with a range of choices at their disposal that will influence the very narrative they are experiencing: they are players. The narratives thus created are realizations of the multiple possibilities contained in the present of any given gameplay situation. Surveying the latest trends in the field, the volume discusses the complex relationship of narrative and gameplay.

Gaming und Bibliotheken

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Book Series: Praxiswissen ISSN: 2193-0198 ISBN: 9783110312836 9783110395914 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.1515/9783110312836 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Library and Information Science
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Using a theoretical review as a foundation, this volume for the first time provides a comprehensive review of the manifold possibilities for the use of gaming in libraries. It presents new trends in gaming as well as current activities being conducted by libraries to reveal the growing impact of gaming on the transmission of culture and knowledge.

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This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities

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ISBN: 9780472033973 9780472023141 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Technology (General)
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""In May 2000 I was fired from my job as a reporter on a finance newsletter because of an obsession with a videogame. It was the best thing that ever happened to me."" So begins this story of personal redemption through the unlikely medium of electronic games. Quake, World of Warcraft, Eve Online and other online games not only offered author Jim Rossignol an excellent escape from the tedium of office life. They also provided him with a diverse global community and a job—as a games journalist. Part personal history, part travel narrative, part philosophical reflection on the meaning of play, This Gaming Life describes Rossignol's encounters in three cities: London, Seoul, and Reyjkavik. From his days as a Quake genius in London's increasingly corporate gaming culture; to Korea, where gaming is a high stakes televised national sport; to Iceland, the home of his ultimate obsession, the idiosyncratic and beguiling Eve Online, Rossignol introduces us to a vivid and largely undocumented world of gaming lives. Torn between unabashed optimism about the future of games and lingering doubts about whether they are just a waste of time, This Gaming Life also raises important questions about this new and vital cultural form. Should we celebrate the ""serious"" educational, social, and cultural value of games, as academics and journalists are beginning to do? Or do these high-minded justifications simply perpetuate the stereotype of games as a lesser form of fun? In this beautifully written, richly detailed, and inspiring book, Rossignol brings these abstract questions to life, immersing us in a vibrant landscape of gaming experiences.

Myst and Riven: The World of the D'ni

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ISBN: 9780472051496 9780472027491 Year: Volume: 1 Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Technology (General)
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Video games have become a major cultural force, and within their history, Myst and its sequel Riven stand out as influential examples. Myst and Riven: The World of the D'ni is a close analysis of two of the most popular and significant video games in the history of the genre, investigating in detail their design, their functionality, and the gameplay experience they provide players. While scholarly close analysis has been applied to films for some time now, it has only rarely been applied at this level to video games. Mark J. P. Wolf uses elements such as graphics and sound, the games' mood and atmosphere and how they are generated, the geography and design of the digital worlds, and the narrative structures of the games to examine their appeal to both critical and general audiences, their legacy, and what made them great.

Game Theory and Institutional Economics

ISBN: 9783038422327 9783038420149 Year: Pages: 124 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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Stealth Assessment

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ISBN: 9780262315227 9780262518819 Year: Pages: 102 Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Computer Science --- Education
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An approach to performance-based assessments that embeds assessments in digital games in order to measure how students are progressing toward targeted goals.To succeed in today's interconnected and complex world, workers need to be able to think systemically, creatively, and critically. Equipping K-16 students with these twenty-first-century competencies requires new thinking not only about what should be taught in school but also about how to develop valid assessments to measure and support these competencies. In Stealth Assessment, Valerie Shute and Matthew Ventura investigate an approach that embeds performance-based assessments in digital games. They argue that using well-designed games as vehicles to assess and support learning will help combat students' growing disengagement from school, provide dynamic and ongoing measures of learning processes and outcomes, and offer students opportunities to apply such complex competencies as creativity, problem solving, persistence, and collaboration. Embedding assessments within games provides a way to monitor players' progress toward targeted competencies and to use that information to support learning.Shute and Ventura discuss problems with such traditional assessment methods as multiple-choice questions, review evidence relating to digital games and learning, and illustrate the stealth-assessment approach with a set of assessments they are developing and embedding in the digital game Newton's Playground. These stealth assessments are intended to measure levels of creativity, persistence, and conceptual understanding of Newtonian physics during game play. Finally, they consider future research directions related to stealth assessment in education.

Play Redux : The Form of Computer Games

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ISBN: 9780472070923 9780472050925 9780472026876 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Technology (General)
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Play Redux is an ambitious description and critical analysis of the aesthetic pleasures of video game play, drawing on early twentieth-century formalist theory and models of literature. Employing a concept of biological naturalism grounded in cognitive theory, Myers argues for a clear delineation between the aesthetics of play and the aesthetics of texts. In the course of this study, Myers asks a number of interesting questions: What are the mechanics of human play as exhibited in computer games? Can these mechanisms be modeled? What is the evolutionary function of cognitive play, and is it, on the whole, a good thing? Intended as a provocative corrective to the currently ascendant, if not dominant, cultural and ethnographic approach to game studies and play, Play Redux will generate interest among scholars of communications, new media, and film.

La création dans l’industrie du jeu vidéo

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ISBN: 9782111398887 Language: French
Publisher: Département des études, de la prospective et des statistiques
Subject: Social Sciences
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La filière du jeu vidéo a atteint une maturité dont témoignent une troisième génération de créateurs et l’apparition de nombreux studios de développement. La création joue un rôle essentiel dans cette filière pour permettre un renouvellement de la production de jeux qui tire parti de potentialités techniques en constant développement et de formes renouvelées de jouabilité. Or la création, par ses formes collectives d’organisation au sein des studios et du fait de ses coûts et de ses risques, peine à être reconnue au sein d’une industrie mondialisée où le poids des consoliers et des éditeurs est particulièrement important. Ce sont donc les formes de reconnaissance de cette création (statut, rémunération, organisation sociale, etc.) qui sont explorées dans la perspective de rendre pérenne sa vitalité et, partant, celle du secteur vidéo-ludique en France.

Goût pour les jeux vidéo, goût pour le sport, deux activités liées chez les adolescents

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ISBN: 9782111398023 Language: French
Publisher: Département des études, de la prospective et des statistiques
Subject: Sports Science
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Goût pour les jeux vidéo et goût pour le sport sont souvent opposés : en termes de types d’activités (les premiers d’intérieur, passifs, peu propices à la socialisation, le second de dépense physique, de plein air, bon pour la santé, etc.) ; en termes de genre : les garçons seraient les plus « touchés » par le monde virtuel ; enfin en termes de « politique », la consommation des jeux vidéo étant opposée aux « vraies » pratiques culturelles… Une analyse secondaire de l’enquête sur les loisirs culturels des 6-14 ans fournit un éclairage précis sur la façon dont pratiques numériques virtuelles et pratiques réelles s’opposent, se substituent ou s’articulent : elle met à jour les ressorts qui sont communs aux goûts pour les deux types d’activité et révèle une forte dimension identitaire. Elle met également en évidence la permanence des déterminants sexués en matière de loisirs. La comparaison des interactions qui se nouent dans le monde réel avec les interactions virtuelles qui caractérisent les jeux vidéo dessine de nouvelles approches des phénomènes d’identification affective dans ces derniers. L’importance accordée à l’esthétique des corps virtuels pourrait ainsi être rapprochée de celle prise par l’apparence corporelle dans la construction identitaire des jeunes. Loin de constituer une pratique virtuelle séparée du reste de leur vie, qui serait porteuse d’addiction ou de comportements violents, les jeux vidéo prennent place dans une élaboration de soi à la fois personnelle et sociale qui facilite l’identification à un genre sexué et à un univers culturel.

Games and Rules

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Book Series: Edition Medienwissenschaft ISBN: 9783837643046 9783839443040 Year: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14361/9783839443040 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101981
Subject: Media and communication
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Why do we play games and why do we play them on computers? The contributors of »Games and Rules« take a closer look at the core of each game and the motivational system that is the game mechanics. Games are control circuits that organize the game world with their (joint) players and establish motivations in a dedicated space, a »Magic Circle«, whereas game mechanics are constructs of rules designed for interactions that provide gameplay. Those rules form the base for all the excitement and frustration we experience in games. This anthology contains individual essays by authors with backgrounds in Game Design and Game Studies, who lead the discourse to get to the bottom of game mechanics in video games and the real world.

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