Critical Play: Radical Game Design

Critical Play: Radical Game Design

by Mary Flanagan, M. Flanagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262062682

ISBN-13: 9780262062688

Pub. Date: 02/27/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

For many players, games are entertainment, diversion, relaxation,
fantasy. But what if certain games were something more than this, providing not only outlets for entertainment but a means for creative expression, instruments for conceptual thinking, or tools for social change? In Critical
Play
, artist and game designer Mary Flanagan examines

Overview

For many players, games are entertainment, diversion, relaxation,
fantasy. But what if certain games were something more than this, providing not only outlets for entertainment but a means for creative expression, instruments for conceptual thinking, or tools for social change? In Critical
Play
, artist and game designer Mary Flanagan examines alternative games --
games that challenge the accepted norms embedded within the gaming industry -- and argues that games designed by artists and activists are reshaping everyday game culture.

Flanagan provides a lively historical context for critical play through twentieth-century art movements, connecting subversive game design to subversive art: her examples of "playing house" include Dadaist puppet shows and The Sims. She looks at artists' alternative computer-based games and explores games for change, considering the way activist concerns -- including worldwide poverty and AIDS -- can be incorporated into game design.

Arguing that this kind of conscious practice -- which now constitutes the avant-garde of the computer game medium -- can inspire new working methods for designers, Flanagan offers a model for designing that will encourage the subversion of popular gaming tropes through new styles of game making, and proposes a theory of alternate game design that focuses on the reworking of contemporary popular game practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262062688
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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