Wordplay and the Discourse of Video Games

Wordplay and the Discourse of Video Games

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In this timely new book, Christopher Paul analyzes how the words we use to talk about video games and the structures that are produced within games shape a particular way of gaming by focusing on how games create meaning, lead to identification and division, persuade, and circulate ideas. Paul examines the broader social discourse about gaming, including: the way players are socialized into games; the impact of the lingering association of video games as kid's toys; the dynamics within specific games (including Grand Theft Auto and EA Sports Games); and the ways in which players participate in shaping the discourse of games, demonstrated through examples like the reward system of World of Warcraft and the development of theorycraft. Overall, this book illustrates how video games are shaped by words, design and play; all of which are negotiated, ongoing practices among the designers, players, and society that construct the discourse of video games.Nintendoa#39;s desireto innovate wasalso expanded by the highly promoted Power Glove. ... The Power Glove was a breakthrough in offering players anew mode of play, but ithad a host of problems. ... changed inthe two decades following the NES, but thenext bigleapin themode of play was made withthe Nintendo Wii.

Title:Wordplay and the Discourse of Video Games
Author:Christopher A. Paul
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-03-15


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