Understanding Video Games: The Essential Introduction
Heide Smith, Jonas Egenfeldt-Nielsen, Simon Tosca, Susana Pajares
This expanded and revised second edition of Understanding Video Games provides a comprehensive introduction to the growing field of game studies. Understanding Video Games, 2nd Edition is an essential read for newcomers to video game studies and experienced game scholars alike. This follow-up to the pioneering first edition takes video game studies into the next decade of the twenty-first century, highlighting changes in the game business, advances in video game scholarship, and recent trends in game design and development-including mobile, social, and casual gaming. In Understanding Video Games, 2nd Edition students will: * Assess the major theories used to analyze games, such as ludology and narratology * Gain familiarity with the commercial and organizational aspects of the game industry * Trace the history of video games from Pong to Playstation 3 and beyond * Explore the aesthetics of game design * Evaluate the cultural position of video games * Consider the potential effects of both violent and serious games.