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Play Redux : The Form of Computer Games

ISBN: 9780472050925 | 0472050923
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
Pub. Date: 4/30/2010

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Play Redux is an ambitious description and critical analysis of the aesthetic pleasures of video game play, drawing on formalist literary theory, cognitive science, and semiotics. Employing a concept of biological naturalism grounded in cognitive theory, Myers argues for a clear delineation between the aesthetics of play and the aesthetics of texts. In the course of this study, Myers asks a number of interesting questions: What are the mechanics of human play as exhibited in computer games? Can these mechanisms be modeled? What is the evolutionary function of cognitive play, and is it, on the whole, a good thing? Intended as a provocative corrective to the currently ascendant, if not dominant, cultural and ethnographic approach to game studies and play, Play Redux will generate interest among scholars of communications, new media, and film. Book jacket.


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