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dc.contributor.authorAtkins, Barry
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T12:58:18Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.date.submitted2010-06-01 00:00:00
dc.date.submitted2020-04-01T15:31:52Z
dc.identifier341358
dc.identifierOCN: 57756796
dc.identifierhttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/35033
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/37572
dc.description.abstractWhether you love them or loathe them, look back with wistful nostalgia to the days of Pong and Space Invaders, or regard the whole phenomenon with blank incomprehension, there is no doubt that computer and video games now occupy a significant place in contemporary popular culture. The economics alone are staggering, with unit sales counted in the millions. The frequency of assertions in the popular press about the dangerous influence of their violent subject matter and 'immersive' potential imply a startling level of influence. To disregard the computer game is to refuse to engage fully with contemporary popular culture. This is the first academic work dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. Taking its cue from practices of reading texts in literary and cultural studies, it considers the computer game as a new and emerging mode of contemporary storytelling in a fashion that is accessible and readable, recognising the excitement and pleasure that has made the computer game such a massive global phenomenon. In a carefully organised study Barry Atkins discusses in detail questions of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: Tomb Raider, Half-Life, Close Combat and SimCity. This is a work for both the student of contemporary culture and those game-players who are interested in how computer games tell their stories.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::U Computing & information technology::UD Digital lifestyle::UDX Computer games / online games: strategy guides
dc.subject.otherpong
dc.subject.othervideo
dc.subject.othergaming
dc.subject.othercomputer
dc.subject.otherarcade
dc.subject.othergame
dc.subject.otherHalf-Life (video game)
dc.subject.otherLara Croft
dc.subject.otherTomb Raider
dc.titleMore than a game: The computer game as fictional form
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.7228/manchester/9780719063640.001.0001
oapen.relation.isPublishedBybcb4ab08-c525-4e6c-88e5-a0cf0a175533
oapen.relation.isbn9780719063640


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