Nature of Computer Games: Play as Semiosis

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What is the nature of computer games, and what happens when we play them? This book describes human play as a semiotic process and computer game play as a fundamental act of human cognition, or "semiosis." Offering one of the first fully articulated theories of computer games based on game play rather than game texts, The Nature of Computer Games mounts a serious challenge to literary critics, cultural theorists, and others who might assume computer game play is best understood with reference to preexisting ...
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Overview

What is the nature of computer games, and what happens when we play them? This book describes human play as a semiotic process and computer game play as a fundamental act of human cognition, or "semiosis." Offering one of the first fully articulated theories of computer games based on game play rather than game texts, The Nature of Computer Games mounts a serious challenge to literary critics, cultural theorists, and others who might assume computer game play is best understood with reference to preexisting social contexts. David Myers argues that computer game play displays a fundamentally intractable, self-reflexive structure - analogous to certain structures of thought - integral to language, consciousness, and our sense of self.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820467009
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Digital Formations Ser.
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Prologue
Pt. 1 Computer game genres 1
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Symbolic form 9
Ch. 3 Symbolic process 15
Ch. 4 Intrinsic form 23
Ch. 5 Derivative forms 31
Pt. 2 Play as semiosis 49
Ch. 6 Generic form 51
Ch. 7 Semiotic conditions 57
Pt. 3 Interactivity 71
Ch. 8 Interactivity 73
Ch. 9 Defining interactivity 81
Ch. 10 Valuing interactivity 87
Pt. 4 Interactive play 95
Ch. 11 The phenomena of computer game play 97
Ch. 12 Might and Magic 113
Ch. 13 Civilization 131
Pt. 5 Conclusions 149
Ch. 14 Summary and implications 151
Epilogue 163
App.: Definitions of terms 165
Notes 167
Bilbiography 185
Index 193
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