With complex stories and stunning visuals eliciting intense emotional responses, coupled with opportunities for self-expression and problem solving, video games are a powerful medium to foster empathy, critical thinking, and creativity in players. As these games grow in popularity, ambition, and technological prowess, they become a legitimate art form, shedding old attitudes and misconceptions along the way.
Examining the Evolution of Gaming and Its Impact on Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives asks whether videogames have the power to transform a player and his or her beliefs from a sociopolitical perspective. Unlike traditional forms of storytelling, videogames allow users to immerse themselves in new worlds, situations, and politics. This publication surveys the landscape of videogames and analyzes the emergent gaming that shifts the definition and cultural effects of videogames. This book is a valuable resource to game designers and developers, sociologists, students of gaming, and researchers in relevant fields.
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Valentine and Jensen present readers with a collection of academic essays and scholarly articles on various aspects of video games and the experience of playing video games on cultural, social, and political levels. The eighteen selections that make up the main body of the text are devoted to a broader series of definitions within categorization of video games, the remediating of folklore and myth through video games, the video game gaze, perspective shift and the subversion of player agency, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
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