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Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games
     

Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games

by J. Patrick Williams, W. Keith Winkler, Sean Q. Hendricks, W. Keith Winkler, Sean Q. Hendricks
 

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ISBN-10: 0786424362

ISBN-13: 9780786424368

Pub. Date: 03/21/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Since tabletop fantasy role-playing games emerged in the 1970s, fantasy gaming has made a unique contribution to popular culture and perceptions of social realities in America and around the world. This contribution is increasingly apparent as the gaming industry has diversified with the addition of collectible strategy games and other innovative products, as well

Overview

Since tabletop fantasy role-playing games emerged in the 1970s, fantasy gaming has made a unique contribution to popular culture and perceptions of social realities in America and around the world. This contribution is increasingly apparent as the gaming industry has diversified with the addition of collectible strategy games and other innovative products, as well as the recent advancements in videogame technology.
This book presents the most current research in fantasy games and examines the cultural and constructionist dimensions of fantasy gaming as a leisure activity. Each chapter investigates some social or behavioral aspect of fantasy gaming and provides insight into the cultural, linguistic, sociological, and psychological impact of games on both the individual and society. Section I discusses the intersection of fantasy and real-world scenarios and how the construction of a fantasy world is dialectically related to the construction of a gamer’s social reality. Because the basic premise of fantasy gaming is the assumption of virtual identities, Section II looks at the relationship between gaming and various aspects of identity. The third and final section examines what the personal experiences of gamers can tell us about how humans experience reality.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786424368
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,170,979
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: Fantasy Games, Gaming Cultures, and Social Life 1

I. SOCIAL REALITY

1. The Role-Playing Game and the Game of Role-Playing: The Ludic Self and Everyday Life 19

2. Incorporative Discourse Strategies in Tabletop Fantasy Role-Playing Gaming 39

3. Social Events and Roles in Magic: A Semiotic Analysis 57

II. IDENTITY

4. Consumption and Authenticity in the Collectible Strategy Games Subculture 77

5. Desktop Conquistadors: Negotiating American Manhood in the Digital Fantasy Role-Playing Game 100

6. Playing with Identity: Unconscious Desire and Role-Playing Games 120

7. The Business and the Culture of Gaming 140

III. EXPERIENCE

8. Online Gaming and the Interactional Self: Identity Interplay in Situated Practice 154

9. Invoking the Avatar: Gaming Skills as Cultural and Out-of-Game Capital 175

10. Vicarious Experience: Staying There Connected With and Through Our Own and Other Characters 196

About the Contributors 215

Index 219

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