Archive for game studies

SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This is an interesting early account of the creation of Spacewar!, one of the earliest digital games:

Brand, Stewart (1972) ‘SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death among the Computer Bums’. Rolling Stone, 7 December 1972. Online: http://www.wheels.org/spacewar/stone/rolling_stone.html

Advertisements

Game Design Patterns

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This paper presents a ‘semi-structured’ approach into analysing and designing games starting from patterns, basic games’ building blocks:

Björk, Staffan, Sus Lundgren & Jussi Holopainen (2003) ‘Game Design Patterns’. 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/05163.15303.pdf

Wikipedia

Posted in Online resources with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

A collaboratively edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia includes several interesting entries that relate to game studies. These include:

Note that the Wikipedia articles might include unverified claims and tilted argumentation, so be cautious, and practice a fair deal of source criticism.

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/

DiGRA Library

Posted in Online resources with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

The open access digital library provided by DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) collects together peer-reviewed papers presented in DiGRA conferences. See:
http://www.digra.org/dl

Game Research

Posted in Online resources with tags , on March 9, 2008 by frans

Game Research is the title of site that contains book reviews, research articles and information pages on various game studies related topics. See:
http://www.game-research.com/

Digiplay Bibliography

Posted in Online resources with tags , , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

The Digiplay Initiative maintains an extensive games research bibliography, currently reaching over two thousand references. The Digiplay site includes also links to papers, reports and books authored by the Digiplay research collective. Link to the bibliography:
http://digiplay.info/digibiblio