Search results: Found 2

Listing 1 - 2 of 2
Sort by
Play Redux : The Form of Computer Games

Author:
ISBN: 9780472070923 9780472050925 9780472026876 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Technology (General)
Added to DOAB on : 2012-04-06 14:29:55
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

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.

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft

Author:
Book Series: Technologies of the Imagination ISBN: 9780472070985 9780472050987 9780472026715 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Ethnology
Added to DOAB on : 2012-04-06 14:29:55
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

World of Warcraft rapidly became one of the most popular online world games on the planet, amassing 11.5 million subscribers—officially making it an online community of gamers that had more inhabitants than the state of Ohio and was almost twice as populous as Scotland. It's a massively multiplayer online game, or MMO in gamer jargon, where each person controls a single character inside a virtual world, interacting with other people's characters and computer-controlled monsters, quest-givers, and merchants. In My Life as a Night Elf Priest, Bonnie Nardi, a well-known ethnographer who has published extensively on how theories of what we do intersect with how we adopt and use technology, compiles more than three years of participatory research in Warcraft play and culture in the United States and China into this field study of player behavior and activity. She introduces us to her research strategy and the history, structure, and culture of Warcraft; argues for applying activity theory and theories of aesthetic experience to the study of gaming and play; and educates us on issues of gender, culture, and addiction as part of the play experience. Nardi paints a compelling portrait of what drives online gamers both in this country and in China, where she spent a month studying players in Internet cafes. Bonnie Nardi has given us a fresh look not only at World of Warcraft but at the field of game studies as a whole. One of the first in-depth studies of a game that has become an icon of digital culture, My Life as a Night Elf Priest will capture the interest of both the gamer and the ethnographer.

Listing 1 - 2 of 2
Sort by
Narrow your search

Publisher

University of Michigan Press (2)


License

CC by-nc-nd (2)


Language

english (2)


Year
From To Submit

2010 (1)

2009 (1)