Archive for June, 2008

Subculture: the Meaning of Style

Posted in Books with tags , , on June 2, 2008 by frans

One of the key concepts for approaching ‘game cultures’ is the ‘subculture’. There is an entire tradition of scholarship dedicated to studies of subcultures and this book does nice job in explaining the fundamentals of the field.

Hebdige, Dick (1979) Subculture: the Meaning of Style. London: Methuen. Amazon preview available here.

What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy

Posted in Books with tags , , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

The pedagogic and cognitive character of digital games has been long in the interests of academic educators, but recent years have seen strong rise in the study of so-called ‘serious games’. James Paul Gee points out in his book that we should turn our attention to entertainment games in order to learn about effective pedagogic in interactive media.

Gee, James Paul (2003) What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Amazon.com preview into the revised edition here.

Ludologists Love Stories, Too: Notes from a Debate that Never Took Place

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

Gonzalo Frasca here comments on the so-called ‘ludology vs. narratology debate’ that was helpful in clarifying the core agenda of ludology (as critical game studies), while noticing how the most extreme oppositional positions in this debate appeared to be based on misunderstandings.

Frasca, Gonzalo (2003) ‘Ludologists Love Stories, Too: Notes from a Debate that Never Took Place’. In: Marinka Copier and Joost Raessens (eds), Level Up: Digital Games Research Conference Proceedings. Utrecht: DiGRA and University of Utrecht. Online: http://www.digra.org/dl/db/05163.01125

Simulation 101. Simulation versus Representation

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

Another important early article by Gonzalo Frasca, this paper explores the concepts of simulation and representation, crucial for any theory of digital games.

Frasca, Gonzalo (2001) ‘Simulation 101. Simulation versus Representation’. Online: http://www.ludology.org/articles/sim1/simulation101.html

Ludology Meets Narratology

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

This is the article that is one of the key documents for establishment of ‘ludology’ as a ‘discipline that studies game and play activities’. The early ludology was particularly defined by its counter-reaction against narratology (or rather any ‘narrativizing’ of games), later game studies have adopted much of ludology’s key agenda.

Frasca, Gonzalo (1999) ‘Ludology Meets Narratology. Similitude and Differences between (Video)games and Narrative’. Originally published in Finnish in Parnasso 1999: 3, 365–71. Online: http://www.ludology.org/articles/ludology.htm

New Games Book

Posted in Books with tags , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

This is an original document from the New Games Movement, but (like its sequel, More New Games) might be a bit difficult to find these days – second hand bookshops are helpful here. New Games were forms of play that aimed to make a positive impact on culture and society.

Fluegelman, Andrew (ed) (1976) New Games Book. New Games Foundation. New York: Dolphin/Doubleday.

Shared Fantasy: Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds

Posted in Books with tags , , , on June 1, 2008 by frans

This book is a classic in the area of fantasy role-playing studies; making use of Erving Goffman and other social-psychological theories it provides useful perspectives to the use of imagination and the ‘role’ or ‘game character’ also in digital play experiences.

Fine, Gary Alan (1983) Shared Fantasy: Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. Amazon.com preview available here.