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Games are not

The difficult and definitive guide to what video games are

By David Myers

Games are not

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2165-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: Cultural studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, GAMES / Video & Electronic, Humanities / Popular philosophy, Society & social sciences / Popular culture, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Games Development & Programming, Film and Media, Popular culture, Popular philosophy, Games development & programming

Description

How do we reconcile a videogame industry's insistence that games positively affect human beliefs and behaviors with the equally prevalent assumption that games are "just games"? How do we reconcile accusations that games make us violent and antisocial and unproductive with the realization that games are a universal source of human joy?
In Game are not, David Myers demonstrates that these controversies and conflicts surrounding the meanings and effects of games are not going away; they are essential properties of the game's paradoxical aesthetic form. Games are not focuses on games writ large, bound by neither digital form nor by cultural interpretation. Interdisciplinary in scope and radical in conclusion, Games are not positions games as unique objects evoking a peculiar and paradoxical liminal state - a lusory attitude - that is essential to human creativity, knowledge, and sustenance of the species.

Author

David Myers is Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans

Contents

1 Games are not cooperative
2 Games are not designer intentions
3 Games are not references (of the conventional sort)
4 Games are not narratives
5 Games are not beliefs
6 Games are not gameplay
7 Games are not toys
8 Games are not simulations: part one
9 Games are not simulations: part two
10 Games are not commodities
11 Games are not what you think
12 Games are art (because games are not art)
Index

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