Introduction to Game Analysis

Introduction to Game Analysis

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Game analysis allows us to understand games better, providing insight into the player-game relationship, the construction of the game, and its sociocultural relevance. As the field of game studies grows, videogame writing is evolving from the mere evaluation of gameplay, graphics, sound, and replayablity, to more reflective writing that manages to convey the complexity of a game and the way it is played in a cultural context. Introduction to Game Analysis serves as an accessible guide to analyzing games using strategies borrowed from textual analysis. Clara FernAindez-Varaa€™s concise primer provides instruction on the basic building blocks of game analysisa€”examination of context, content and reception, and formal qualitiesa€”as well as the vocabulary necessary for talking about videogames' distinguishing characteristics. Examples are drawn from a range of games, both digital and non-digitala€”from Bioshock and World of Warcraft to Monopolya€”and the book provides a variety of exercises and sample analyses, as well as a comprehensive ludography and glossary.As discussed in the previous chapter, every text is surrounded by other texts, starting with the box and manual of the ... Thus fighting becomes a dialogue game, where the player has to choose which insult to use. ... For example, the game Nintendo Land ( ) for the WiiU includes short tutorials for every single game.

Title:Introduction to Game Analysis
Author: Clara Fernández-Vara
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-07-17

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