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Games of the North American Indians

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

There are few as thorough anthropological studies of games and play as this classic work by Stewart Culin, now available as a two-volume paperback version.

Culin, Stewart (1907/1992a) Games of the North American Indians. Vol. 1: Games of Chance. Lincoln and London: Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press.

Culin, Stewart (1907/1992b) Games of the North American Indians. Vol. 2: Games of Skill. Lincoln and London: Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Posted in Books with tags , , , on April 4, 2008 by frans

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has studied the psychology of intense concentration into challenging tasks and related feelings. His work does not provide all solutions that a student of player experiences requires, but is central reading nevertheless.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1991) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper Perennial. (Excerpts available online from Amazon.com.)

The Art of Computer Game Design

Posted in Books with tags , , , , on April 4, 2008 by frans

Many of the early critical works of digital game studies have been authored by games industry professionals, rather than academics. Chris Crawford published this classic text originally in 1982, and it has then been made available online by professor Sue Peabody from Washington State University Vancouver. The book has been very influential in the way it discusses games through comparisons to some neighboring cultural forms.

Crawford, Chris (1982/1997) The Art of Computer Game Design. The electronic edition. Online: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/peabody/game-book/ACGD.pdf

Ludologica

Posted in Books with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

The Ludologica book series has originally appeared in Italian, focusing on the most important digital games as works of art, and their lead designers as game artists. Relaunched under title Videoludica — Game Culture, the series explores possibilities of art criticism in the area of game cultures. See:
http://www.ludologica.com/english.html
http://www.videoludica.com/