An Introduction to Game Studies by Frans Mayra

By Frans Mayra

An advent to video game stories is the 1st introductory textbook for college students of video game stories. It presents a conceptual evaluate of the cultural, social and monetary importance of laptop and games and strains the historical past of video game tradition and the emergence of online game reports as a box of study.

Key thoughts and theories are illustrated with dialogue of video games taken from assorted historic levels of online game tradition. Progressing from the straightforward, but enticing gameplay of Pong and text-based event video games to the advanced digital worlds of up to date on-line video games, the e-book courses scholars in the direction of analytical appreciation and important engagement with gaming and video game studies.

Students will examine to:

- comprehend and examine assorted features of phenomena we know as 'game' and play'

- establish the foremost advancements in electronic video game layout via dialogue of motion in video games of the Seventies, fiction and event in video games of the Eighties, three-dimensionality in video games of the Nineteen Nineties, and social facets of gameplay in modern on-line games

- comprehend video games as dynamic structures of meaning-making

- Interpret the context of video games as 'culture' and subculture

- examine the connection among know-how and interactivity and among 'game' and 'reality'

- Situate video games in the context of electronic tradition and the knowledge society

With extra studying feedback, pictures, workouts, on-line assets and an entire bankruptcy dedicated to getting ready scholars to do their very own online game stories undertaking, An creation to online game Studies is the entire toolkit for all scholars pursuing the research of video games.

The spouse web site at comprises slides and assignments which are compatible for self-study in addition to for lecture room use. scholars also will take advantage of on-line assets at, in order to be frequently blogged and up-to-date via the author.

Professor Frans Mäyrä is a Professor of video games experiences and electronic tradition on the Hypermedia Laboratory within the college of Tampere, Finland.

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