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Understanding Video Games

Understanding Video Games - 2nd edition

Understanding Video Games - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780415896979

ISBN10: 0415896975

Understanding Video Games by Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen - ISBN 9780415896979
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 13
Copyright: 2013
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
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Understanding Video Games by Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen - ISBN 9780415896979

ISBN13: 9780415896979

ISBN10: 0415896975

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 13
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Summary

From Pong to PlayStation 3 and beyond, Understanding Video Gamestraces the history of video games, introduces the major theories used to analyze games such as ludology and narratology, reviews the economics of the game industry, examines the aesthetics of game design, surveys a broad range of game genres, explores player culture, and addresses the major debates surrounding the medium, from educational benefits to the effects of violence.

Throughout the book, the authors ask students to consider larger questions about the medium:

  • What defines a video game?
  • Who plays games?
  • Why do we play games?
  • How do games affect the player?

Extensively illustrated, and featuring discussion questions, a video game history timeline, and a glossary of key terms, Understanding Video Gamesis an indispensable and comprehensive resource for those interested in the ways video games are reshaping entertainment and society.