Co-creativity has become a significant cultural and economic phenomenon. Media consumers have become media producers. This book offers a rich description and analysis of the emerging participatory, co-creative relationships within the videogames industry. Banks discusses the challenges of incorporating these co-creative relationships into the development process. Drawing on a decade of research within the industry, the book gives us valuable insight into the continually changing and growing world of video games.
Involving customers in the development and production of new services becomes a powerful force across many creative industries. Customers can directly supply the firm with innovative ideas, provide skilled labour, and act as a powerful force in marketing. Firms across the world, as they seek to innovate and to better respond to market needs, begin to recognize the benefits stemming from customers’ involvement in their operations. Co-creation also becomes more prevalent as customers begin to expect it from firms – seeking to influence their favourite services or products, and to have them better tailored to their needs. Nevertheless, empowering the customers and involving them in the internal affairs of a firm is both difficult and risky. Despite co-creation becoming increasingly important to firms, very few accounts of it exist and many firms fail. Therefore, to navigate those straits, and to reap the benefits of co-creation, requires knowledge and more complete understanding of socio-cultural forces underpinning it. By studying a wide array of videogames firms in the USA and Europe, this book provides a unique insight into co-creation. It builds on the existing theories to provide unified framework for understanding co-creation in creative industries and other sectors. It combines insights from the dynamics of customer communities, with firm’s perspective on innovation management and organizational transformation. The book offers highly detailed insights into the industry, which is at the forefront of co-creation. Furthermore, it sheds new light on the videogames firms and their operations and is therefore ideally designed for researchers, educators, and students alike in the fields of knowledge management, innovation management, firm strategy, organization studies and creativity management.
Forty original contributions on games and gaming culture What does Pokémon Go tell us about globalization? What does Tetris teach us about rules? Is feminism boosted or bashed by Kim Kardashian: Hollywood? How does BioShock Infinite help us navigate world-building? From arcades to Atari, and phone apps to virtual reality headsets, video games have been at the epicenter of our ever-evolving technological reality. Unlike other media technologies, video games demand engagement like no other, which begs the question—what is the role that video games play in our lives, from our homes, to our phones, and on global culture writ large? How to Play Video Games brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on video game culture, writing about the games they know best and what they mean in broader social and cultural contexts. Read about avatars in Grand Theft Auto V, or music in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. See how Age of Empires taught a generation about postcolonialism, and how Borderlands exposes the seedy underbelly of capitalism. These essays suggest that understanding video games in a critical context provides a new way to engage in contemporary culture. They are a must read for fans and students of the medium.
This anthology addresses videogames long history of fandom, and fans’ important role in game history and preservation. In order to better understand and theorize video games and game playing, it is necessary to study the activities of gamers themselves. Gamers are active creators in generating meaning; they are creators of media texts they share with other fans (mods, walkthroughs, machinima, etc); and they have played a central role in curating and preserving games through activities such as their collective work on: emulation, creating online archives and the forensic archaeology of code. This volume brings together essays that explore game fandom from diverse perspectives that examine the complex processes at work in the phenomenon of game fandom and its practices. Contributors aim to historicize game fandom, recognize fan contributions to game history, and critically assess the role of fans in ensuring that game culture endures through the development of archives.
Traditional media are being reshaped by digital technologies. The funding model for quality journalism has been undermined by the drift of advertising online, demarcations between different forms of media are rapidly fading, and audiences have fragmented. We can catch up with our favourite TV show on a tablet, social media can be more important than mainstream radio in a crisis, and organisations large and small have become publishers in their own right on apps. Nevertheless mainstream media remain powerful. The Media and Communications in Australia offers a systematic introduction to this dynamic field. Fully updated and revised to take account of recent developments, this fourth edition outlines the key media industries and explains how communications technologies are impacting on them. It provides a thorough overview of the main approaches taken in studying the media, and includes an expanded 'issues' section with new chapters on social media, gaming, apps, the environment, media regulation, ethics and privacy. With contributions from some of Australia's best researchers and teachers in the field, The Media and Communications in Australia remains the most comprehensive and reliable introduction to media and communications available. It is an ideal student text, and a reference for teachers of media and anyone interested in this influential industry.
A controversial look at the positive things that can be learned from video games by a well known professor of education. James Paul Gee begins his new book with 'I want to talk about vide games- yes, even violent video games - and say some positive things about them'. With this simple but explosive beginning, one of America's most well-respected professors of education looks seriously at the good that can come from playing video games. Gee is interested in the cognitive development that can occur when someone is trying to escape a maze, find a hidden treasure and, even, blasting away an enemy with a high-powered rifle. Talking about his own video-gaming experience learning and using games as diverse as Lara Croft and Arcanum, Gee looks at major specific cognitive activities: How individuals develop a sense of identity; How one grasps meaning; How one evaluates and follows a command; How one picks a role model; How one perceives the world.
- Die bekannten Design Patterns der Gang of Four im konkreten Einsatz für die Entwicklung von Games - Zahlreiche weitere vom Autor entwickelte Patterns - Sequenzierungs-, Verhaltens-, Entkopplungs- und Optimierungsmuster Für viele Spieleprogrammierer stellt die Finalisierung ihres Spiels die größte Herausforderung dar. Viele Projekte verlaufen im Sande, weil Programmierer der Komplexität des eigenen Codes nicht gewachsen sind. Die im Buch beschriebenen Design Patterns nehmen genau dieses Problem in Angriff. Der Autor blickt auf jahrelange Erfahrung in der Entwicklung von weltweit erfolgreichen Games zurück und stellt erprobte Patterns vor, mit deren Hilfe Sie Ihren Code entwirren und optimieren können. Die Patterns sind in Form unabhängiger Fallbeispiele organisiert, so dass Sie sich nur mit den für Sie relevanten zu befassen brauchen und das Buch auch hervorragend zum Nachschlagen verwenden können. Sie erfahren, wie man eine stabile Game Loop schreibt, wie Spielobjekte mithilfe von Komponenten organisiert werden können und wie man den CPU-Cache nutzt, um die Performance zu verbessern. Außerdem werden Sie sich damit beschäftigen, wie Skript-Engines funktionieren, wie Sie Ihren Code mittels Quadtrees und anderen räumlichen Aufteilungen optimieren und wie sich die klassischen Design Patterns in Spielen einsetzen lassen.
Warum Computerspiele nicht blöd, sondern schlau machen Die Menschheit spielt. Immerzu. Überall. Ununterbrochen. Über 3 Milliarden Stunden werden jede Woche weltweit mit Spielen verbracht. Und die Zahl wächst, denn immer mehr Menschen erliegen der Faszination von Computerspielen. Aber muss man deshalb klagen über Isolation und Kulturverfall? – Jane McGonigal, laut »BusinessWeek« eine der zehn wichtigsten und innovativsten Spieleentwicklerinnen der Welt, kehrt die Perspektive um und stellt die spannende Frage: Was, wenn wir die immense Kreativität, die Leidenschaft und das Engagement, das wir ins Spielen investieren, für die reale Welt nutzbar machen? Computerspiele bieten Belohnungen, Herausforderungen und Siege, die uns die reale Welt nur allzu oft vorenthält. Aber wer sagt, dass wir das Potenzial von Spielen allein zur Wirklichkeitsflucht und zu Unterhaltungszwecken nutzen müssen? Für Jane McGonigal sind Gamer hoch kompetente Problemlöser und passionierte Teamplayer. Ihre bestechende These: Nutzen wir diese enormen Ressourcen doch, um unsere sozialen, wirtschaftlichen oder medizinischen Probleme zu lösen! Ein überwältigend neuer und überzeugender Blick auf die positive Wirkung, die im Spielen steckt – eine bahnbrechende Analyse, mit der Jane McGonigal eindrucksvoll bestätigt, dass sie von der Zeitschrift »Fast Company« zu Recht unter die »100 kreativsten Menschen der Wirtschaft« gewählt wurde!
Grundlagen der Entwicklung und Konzeption klassischer Spiele von einem der weltweit führenden Game Designer Mehr als 100 Regeln und zentrale Fragen zur Inspiration für den kreativen Prozess Zahlreiche wertvolle Denkanstöße für die Konzeption eines erfolgreichen Spiels Jeder kann die Grundlagen des Game Designs meistern – dazu bedarf es keines technischen Fachwissens. Dabei zeigt sich, dass die gleichen psychologischen Grundprinzipien, die für Brett-, Karten- und Sportspiele funktionieren, ebenso der Schlüssel für die Entwicklung qualitativ hochwertiger Videospiele sind. Mit diesem Buch lernen Sie, wie Sie im Prozess der Spielekonzeption und -entwicklung vorgehen, um bessere Games zu kreieren. Jesse Schell zeigt, wie Sie Ihr Game durch eine strukturierte methodische Vorgehensweise Schritt für Schritt deutlich verbessern. Mehr als 100 gezielte Fragestellungen eröffnen Ihnen dabei neue Perspektiven auf Ihr Game, so dass Sie die Features finden, die es erfolgreich machen. Hierzu gehören z.B. Fragen wie: Welche Herausforderungen stellt mein Spiel an die Spieler? Fördert es den Wettbewerb unter den Spielern? Werden sie dazu motiviert, gewinnen zu wollen? So werden über hundert entscheidende Charakteristika für ein gut konzipiertes Spiel untersucht. Mit diesem Buch wissen Sie, worauf es bei einem guten Game ankommt und was Sie alles bedenken sollten, damit Ihr Game die Erwartungen Ihrer Spieler erfüllt und gerne gespielt wird. Zugleich liefert es Ihnen jede Menge Inspiration – halten Sie beim Lesen Zettel und Stift bereit, um Ihre neuen Ideen sofort festhalten zu können
In the few decades since they first blipped their way onto television screens, videogames have become one of the most culturally, socially and economically significant media forms. Newman’s volume considers how we might approach videogames as media texts to be read, experiences to be played and played with, systems and simulations to be decoded and interrogated, and performances to be captured, codified and preserved. The updated second edition examines the emergence of new platforms as well as changing patterns of production and consumption in its analysis of Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and mobile gaming. The new final chapter explores recent developments in games scholarship with particular focus falling on the study of gameplay as socially situated, ‘lived experience’, and on strategies for game history, heritage and preservation. In drawing attention to the fragility and ephemerality of hardware, software and gameplay, this new edition encourages readers and players not only to consider how games might be studied but also what can, will and should be left behind for the next generation of games researchers.
Bridging Literacies with Videogames provides an international perspective of literacy practices, gaming culture, and traditional schooling. Featuring studies from Australia, Colombia, South Korea, Canada, and the United States, this edited volume addresses learning in primary, secondary, and tertiary environments with topics related to: • re-creating worlds and texts • massive multiplayer second language learning • videogames and classroom learning These diverse topics will provide scholars, teachers, and curriculum developers with empirical support for bringing videogames into classroom spaces to foster meaning making. Bridging Literacies with Videogames is an essential text for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty interested in contemporizing learning with the medium of the videogame.
From security training simulations to war games to role-playing games, to sports games to gambling, playing video games has become a social phenomena, and the increasing number of players that cross gender, culture, and age is on a dramatic upward trajectory. Playing Video Games: Motives, Responses, and Consequences integrates communication, psychology, and technology to examine the psychological and mediated aspects of playing video games. It is the first volume to delve deeply into these aspects of computer game play. It fits squarely into the media psychology arm of entertainment studies, the next big wave in media studies. The book targets one of the most popular and pervasive media in modern times, and it will serve to define the area of study and provide a theoretical spine for future research. This unique and timely volume will appeal to scholars, researchers, and graduate students in media studies and mass communication, psychology, and marketing.
Written for anyone who wants to learn how to create better video games, this book is a series of essays by industry experts aimed at helping readers improve their game design skills. Covering game design, marketing, and theory, the book deals with the full spectrum of issues related to how and why players enjoy certain games. The book reveals the psychology behind game play and also explores untapped audiences of players with the goal of discovering how to make games that everyone will want to play.
Lists the most significant writings on computer games, including works that cover recent advances in gaming and the substantial academic research that goes into devising and improving computer games.
Nach einem schweren Unfall hatte die Spieledesignerin Jane McGonigal bereits mit dem Leben abgeschlossen. Doch durch ihren starken Willen befreite sie sich von Depressionen und Suizidgedanken und entwickelte aus ihren Erfahrungen ein Spiel. Ihr selbst hat es geholfen und auch viele andere haben sich bereits glücklich gespielt. Dieses Buch zeigt, wie Spiele helfen können, extreme Stresssituationen zu bewältigen, persönliche Herausforderungen zu meistern und mit Traumata umzugehen.
In Großbritannien gilt das Gesetz des Stärkeren. Das Land ist von einer hohen Mauer umgeben, die von den Bewohnern um jeden Preis gegen Eindringlinge verteidigt wird. Während in England der Brexit vorbereitet wird, legt Bestsellerautor John Lanchester einen brisanten neuen Roman vor. Joseph Kavanagh tritt seinen Dienst auf der Mauer an, die England seit dem großen Wandel umgibt. Er gehört nun zu jener Gruppe von jungen Menschen, die die Mauer unter Einsatz ihres Lebens gegen Eindringlinge verteidigt. Der Preis für ein mögliches Versagen ist hoch. Schaffen es Eindringlinge ins Land, werden die verantwortlichen Verteidiger dem Meer – und somit dem sicheren Tod – übergeben. Das Leben auf der Mauer verlangt Kavanagh einiges ab, doch seine Einheit wird zu seiner Familie, und mit Hifa, einer jungen Frau, fühlt er sich besonders eng verbunden. Gemeinsam absolvieren sie Kampfübungen, die sie auf den Ernstfall vorbereiten sollen. Denn ihre Gegner können jeden Moment angreifen. Und die sind gefährlich, weil sie für ein Leben hinter der Mauer alles aufs Spiel setzen. John Lanchester geht in seinem neuen Roman alle Herausforderungen unserer Zeit an – Flüchtlingsströme, wachsende politische Differenzen und die immer größer werdende Angst in der Bevölkerung – und verwebt diese zu einer hochgradig spannenden Geschichte über Liebe und Vertrauen sowie über den Kampf ums Überleben.
This accessible guide provides a stimulating introduction to teaching this new and exciting topic, offering practical and helpful advice on classroom approaches and clear reference to critical and theoretical writing. It links the study of video games to the key concepts, includes detailed case studies of a range of video games, and summarises recent educational research. As with all the guides in this series, this title is supported by additional student materials on dedicated password accessible web pages.
As computer games become more and more like Hollywood productions, the need for good story lines increases. Research shows that stories are highly valued by game players, so today's studios and developers need good writers. This book addresses these issues. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.
Master the Art of Unreal Engine 4 - Blueprints takes a concise, clear, informative but fun approach to developing Unreal Engine 4, without touching a single line of code. By using this book, you’ll be creating various small projects completely in blueprint. From this book, you’ll be equipped with the know-how you’ll need to create the game of your dreams. On top of mastering the Blueprints system in Unreal Engine 4, you’ll also learn the secrets behind getting the most out of the beast of an engine.
Following on Well Played 1.0 and 2.0, this book will also be full of in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. Contributors will analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create fulfilling a playing experience unique to this medium. Contributors will again be looking at video games, some that were covered in Well Played 1.0 and 2.0 as well as new ones, in order to provide a variety of perspectives on more great games.

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