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First Person

Author: Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Santa Cruz Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262232326
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The relationship between story and game, and related questions of electronic writing and play, examined through a series of discussions among new media creators and theorists.

Digitale Spiele

Author: Jörg Helbig
Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag
ISBN: 3869621591
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Digitale Spiele sind seit der Jahrtausendwende zur wirtschaftlich bedeutendsten Kulturindustrie im westlichen Kulturraum aufgestiegen, indem sie sowohl die Film- als auch die Musikindustrie mit ihren Umsätzen und Einnahmen abgehängt hat. Gleichzeitig hat sich auch die Demographie der Spielenden nachhaltig gewandelt: Gamer sind heute schon fast gleich oft weiblich wie männlich, und die größte Alterskohorte sind Personen über 35. Man muss also konstatieren, dass Video- und Computerspiele in der Mitte der Gesellschaft angekommen sind, und so nicht mehr länger nur in einem jugendkulturellen oder gar subkulturellen Kontext gedacht werden können. Parallel zu diesen gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen etablierte sich in der akademischen Landschaft das multidisziplinäre Feld der Game Studies. Durch das multimediale Wesen digitaler Spiele motiviert, bringen Forscherinnen und Forscher aus den unterschiedlichsten Fachrichtungen ihre Perspektiven und Kompetenzen bei deren kritischer Reflexion ein und spannen damit einen weiten Bogen von den technischen und Computerwissenschaften über die Medienwissenschaften bis hin zu den Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften. Nur gemeinsam scheint es zu gelingen, der Komplexität des Mediums, das eine zentrale Rolle in der von Henry Jenkins beschrieben Konvergenzkultur einnimmt, gerecht zu werden. Ziel des Sammelbands, der auf einer interdisziplinären Ringvorlesung im Bereich visueller Kulturen basiert, ist es, unterschiedlichste Facetten digitaler Spiele als Form kulturellen Ausdrucks zu beleuchten. Ausgehend von einer Problematisierung der Grundlagen des Mediums und seiner soziokulturellen Verortung, soll eine Annäherung an mögliche Textualitäten und Kontextualisierungen erfahrbar gemacht werden. Die Vielfalt der Zugänge ist dabei symptomatisch für das Wesen der Game Studies, und wird nicht als Schwäche, sondern große Stärke des Projekts empfunden.

Horror Video Games

Author: Bernard Perron
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454792
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In this in-depth critical and theoretical analysis of the horror genre in video games, 14 essays explore the cultural underpinnings of horror’s allure for gamers and the evolution of “survival” themes. The techniques and story effects of specific games such as Resident Evil, Call of Cthulhu, and Silent Hill are examined individually.

Self Reference In The Media

Author: Winfried Nöth
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110194647
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This book investigates how the media have become self-referential or self-reflexive instead of mediating between the real or fictional worlds about which their messages pretend to be and between the audience that they wish to inform, counsel, or entertain. The concept of self-reference is viewed very broadly. Self-reflexivity, metatexts, metapictures, metamusic, metacommunication, as well as intertextual, and intermedial references are all conceived of as forms of self-reference, although to different degrees and levels. The contributions focus on the semiotic foundations of reference and self-reference, discuss the transdisciplinary context of self-reference in postmodern culture, and examine original studies from the worlds of print advertising, photography, film, television, computer games, media art, web art, and music. A wide range of different media products and topics are discussed including self-promotion on TV, the TV show Big Brother, the TV format "historytainment," media nostalgia, the documentation of documentation in documentary films, Marilyn Monroe in photographs, humor and paradox in animated films, metacommunication in computer games, metapictures, metafiction, metamusic, body art, and net art.

Das Spiel Muster Und Metapher Der Mediengesellschaft

Author: Caja Thimm
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531919458
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Heute kommt dem Spiel im Kontext digitaler Medien als Topos und als Metapher eine neue Bedeutung zu. Spiele werden zu „Spielwelten“ und damit zur Metapher neuer, sich schnell entwickelnder Parallelwelten, so z.B. in den komplexen Welten von Onlinespielen oder virtuellen Welten. Spiel ist dabei kulturtheoretisch zu erfassen und wird mehr und mehr zur Metapher menschlichen Verhaltens und kommunikativer Strukturen. Der Band enthält Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis des Spiels aus der Sicht interdisziplinärer Forschung.

New Media

Author: Martin Lister
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134083823
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New Media: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies. The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life. Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject. At www.newmediaintro.com you will find: additional international case studies with online references specially created You Tube videos on machines and digital photography a new ‘Virtual Camera’ case study, with links to short film examples useful links to related websites, resources and research sites further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book links to key scholars in the field of new media.

The Newmediareader

Author: Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262232272
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A sourcebook of historical written texts, video documentation, and working programs that form the foundation of new media. This reader collects the texts, videos, and computer programs--many of them now almost impossible to find--that chronicle the history and form the foundation of the still-emerging field of new media. General introductions by Janet Murray and Lev Manovich, along with short introductions to each of the texts, place the works in their historical context and explain their significance. The texts were originally published between World War II--when digital computing, cybernetic feedback, and early notions of hypertext and the Internet first appeared--and the emergence of the World Wide Web--when they entered the mainstream of public life. The texts are by computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. The contributors include (chronologically) Jorge Luis Borges, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Ivan Sutherland, William S. Burroughs, Ted Nelson, Italo Calvino, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Nicholas Negroponte, Alan Kay, Bill Viola, Sherry Turkle, Richard Stallman, Brenda Laurel, Langdon Winner, Robert Coover, and Tim Berners-Lee. The CD accompanying the book contains examples of early games, digital art, independent literary efforts, software created at universities, and home-computer commercial software. Also on the CD is digitized video, documenting new media programs and artwork for which no operational version exists. One example is a video record of Douglas Engelbart's first presentation of the mouse, word processor, hyperlink, computer-supported cooperative work, video conferencing, and the dividing up of the screen we now call non-overlapping windows; another is documentation of Lynn Hershman's Lorna, the first interactive video art installation.

Media Franchising

Author: Derek Johnson
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814743471
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"Johnson astutely reveals that franchises are not Borg-like assimilation machines, but, rather, complicated ecosystems within which creative workers strive to create compelling 'shared worlds.' This finely researched, breakthrough book is a must-read for anyone seeking a sophisticated understanding of the contemporary media industry." —Heather Hendershot, author of What's Fair on the Air?: Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest While immediately recognizable throughout the U.S. and many other countries, media mainstays like X-Men, Star Trek, and Transformers achieved such familiarity through constant reincarnation. In each case, the initial success of a single product led to a long-term embrace of media franchising—a dynamic process in which media workers from different industrial positions shared in and reproduced familiar cultureacross television, film, comics, games, and merchandising. In Media Franchising, Derek Johnson examines the corporate culture behind these production practices, as well as the collaborative and creative efforts involved in conceiving, sustaining, and sharing intellectual properties in media work worlds. Challenging connotations of homogeneity, Johnson shows how the cultural and industrial logic of franchising has encouraged media industries to reimagine creativity as an opportunity for exchange among producers, licensees, and evenconsumers. Drawing on case studies and interviews with media producers, he reveals the meaningful identities, cultural hierarchies, and struggles for distinction that accompany collaboration within these production networks. Media Franchising provides a nuanced portrait of the collaborative cultural production embedded in both the media industries and our own daily lives.