The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics

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The Pleasures of Computer Gaming This collection of essays situates the digital gaming phenomenon alongside broader debates in cultural and media studies. Contributors to this volume maintain that computer games are not simply toys, but rather circulate as commodities, new media technologies, and items of visual culture that are embedded in complex social practices. Full description

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"excellent...highly recommended"--Choice; "these essays will give readers a better appreciation of the culture of gaming and why it has become an important aspect of library service"--School Library Journal; "a useful overview and introduction to current research into gameplay across cultural and theoretical scholarship"--The Journal of Popular Culture; "an excellent book which tackles some very interesting subjects with much skill and perception...an intelligent collection of essays which provide stimulating reading...the volume does provide some exciting insight into research and analytical methods that can be applied to games studies"--Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies; "an interesting and perhaps important book for the continued development of computer games studies as its own field of study"--Leonardo On-line.

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Melanie Swalwell conducts research on the intersections between aesthetics, new media arts and digital games. She currently lectures in the media studies program at Victoria University of Wellington. Jason Wilson has a range of international publications in videogame studies, on topics including early videogames and independent game design. He is a research associate at Queensland University of Technology.

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