The Wide Screen Journal has a special issue on Videogame Adaptation.
Back from the 2016 DiGRA/FDG conference in Dundee, here is the paper I gave on using design patterns to understand video game history: Sailing the Endless River of Games: The case for Historical Design Patterns.
The Pay Once & Play category was introduced in the Apple App Store in early 2015. Though video games were for a long time, at least from 1985 to 2015, mostly sold in boxes for upfront payment, this business model was not actually named as “Pay once & Play” until after the emergence of the free-to-play or freemium business model. Why not? Because it was obvious that all video games were sold in boxes, so why would you mention it when talking about video games, or video game history?
This is the topic of the paper: The problem isn’t just that games change, but that games change in ways we haven’t predicted. The major events in video game history concern things that had previously been taken for granted: MMOs like World of Warcraft moved the role of the player community to the forefront; casual games reconfigured the audience; mobile games reconfigured distribution and business models; independent games set up a new relation between developer and audience. Video game history continually forces us to reconsider what it is we are studying, when we study video games.
In the paper I then propose that we can redefine game design patterns to help us to talk about video game change. I return to matching tile games as an example of how to write history using design patterns.
The Journal of Games Criticism is proud to announce the publication of its first special issue, edited by Aaron Trammell and Zack Lischer-Katz. Adapted from the Extending Play: The Sequel conference held at Rutgers University in 2015, this issue’s articles and interviews consider matters surrounding sequels and repetition in the world of video games and their study. The issue is available at http://gamescriticism.org/
Considering the Sequel to Game Studies… by A. Trammell & Z. Lischer-Katz
The Extending Play conference at Rutgers University in 2015 underlined the importance of sequels and repetition to games and their study. Here the editors discuss these themes and introduce the interviews and articles that were adapted from the conference for this bonus issue.
The Replication of Ideology: An Interview with Adrienne Shaw and Marcus Boon by Melissa Aronczyk
Shaw and Boon examine the iterative and repeating forces of ideology that work within games as a culture industry and play as a cultural practice. They discuss the importance for scholars to take these visible and invisible forces of power into account within the study of games.
Anthropy and Sicart discuss the centrality of games within the discipline of game studies and consider how lessons learned from play studies might curb stagnation in the field.
Hanging in the Video Arcade by S. Tobin
This paper decenters play and the player in the arcade by exploring another subject I call hangers. It explores the genealogies of player control, engagement and the policing of play practices in the American video arcade in the 1980s.
This paper first establishes the criteria necessary to construct a digital interactive narrative game that contains both narrative agency and ludic agency before considering those criteria against two interactive narrative games: Mass Effect 2 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
This paper focuses on two highly popular first-person shooter games, Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3, and examines how elements of their game worlds and mechanics reinforce (and disrupt) imperialist narratives.
Using the art historical term spolia as a launching point, McNeil explores the reuse of gaming mechanics and visuals from Sid Meier’s Civilization V in Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. She argues that this reuse was both practical and perhaps unintentionally subversive.
A Proceduralist View on Diversity in Games by G. Smith
Looking at diversity and inclusion through a proceduralist lens allows us to more deeply analyze current games, as well as prompt new questions and avenues for technical and design research.
JGC (ISSN: 2374-202X) is currently seeking submissions from game developers, designers, bloggers, journalists, and scholars for its Summer/Fall 2016 issue. This issue’s submission deadline is August 1, 2016 and will be published on October 8, 2016. We accept articles, book reviews, experimental game reviews, and letters to the editor for review. Our submission guidelines are available at http://gamescriticism.org/
Your theoretical injection of the day: ETC Press has announced the first collected volume of Analog Game Studies, edited by Aaron Trammell, Evan Torner and Emma Leigh Waldron.
Reinventing Analog Game Studies: Introductory Manifesto
“Fun in a Different Way”: Rhythms of Engagement and Non-Immersive Play Agendas – Nick Mizer
Strategies for Publishing Transformative Board Games – Will Emigh
Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons – Aaron Trammell
The Playing Card Platform – Nathan Altice
Orientalism and Abstraction in Eurogames – Will Robinson
From Where Do Dungeons Come? – Aaron Trammell
Larp-as-Performance-as-Research – Emma Leigh Waldron
Sex and Play-Doh: Exploring Women’s Sexuality Through Larp – Katherine Castiello Jones
O Jogo do Bicho: Pushing the Boundaries of Larp in Brazil – Luiz Falcão
A Nighttime Tale of Xiros – Adam Lazaroff
Visual Design as Metaphor: The Evolution of a Character Sheet – Jason Morningstar
EXPERIMENTATION AND DESIGN
Uncertainty in Analog Role-Playing Games – Evan Torner
Post-Larp Depression – Sarah Lynne Bowman and Evan Torner
Rules for Writing Rules: How Instructional Design Impacts Good Game Design – Ibrahim Yucel
Storium’s Analog Heritage – Lillian Cohen-Moore
Regarding Board Game Errata – Jan Švelch
The Curse of Writing Autobiographical Games – Lizzie Stark
Special Issue, April 2016 / Numéro spécial, avril 2016
Edited by / Dirigé par Sébastien Genvo & Carl Therrien
Introduction: Exploring the Frontiers of Digital Gaming:
Traditional Games, Expressive Games, Pervasive Games
SÉBASTIEN GENVO & CARL THERRIEN
Université de Lorraine & Université de Montréal
English | Français
Century of Play: 18th Century Precursors of Gamification
Football Manager: Mutual Shaping between Game, Sport, and Community
Université de Lorraine & CNRS
Welcome to the Dollhouse.
Constructing Bodies in Crytek’s Crysis and Mattel’s Kiddle Dolls.
CARL THERRIEN & JOYCE GOGGIN
Université de Montréal / Universiteit van Amsterdam
Replaying the Lost Battles:
the Experience of Failure in Polish History-Themed Board Games
Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Defining and Designing Expressive Games: The Case of Keys of a Gamespace
Université de Lorraine
Differentiating Serious, Persuasive, and Expressive Games
Université du Québec à Montréal
Bridging The Gap Between Game Designers and Cultural Institutions: A Typology to Analyse and Classify Cultural Pervasive Games
DIANE DUFORT, FEDERICO TAJARIOL, IOAN ROXIN
Université de Franche-Comté
World of Warcraft Dramaturgical Approach: A Drama that Plays with its own Limits
VICTOR CAYRES & ADOLFO DURAN
CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil / Federal University of Bahia
For your theoretical pleasure, here is ToDIGRA (Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association) Vol 2, No 2.
Special issue, Snowbird DiGRA 2014
|On Chairing a Games Research Conference|
|Jose P Zagal|
|We Are All Fishes Now: DiGRA, Feminism, and GamerGate|
|Shira Chess, Adrienne Shaw|
|Exploring the Cause of Game (Derived) Arousal: What biometric accounts of player experience revealed|
|Gareth Schott, Raphaël Marczak|
|Reconciling Csikszentmihalyi’s Broader Flow Theory: With Meaning and Value in Digital Games|
|John Hamon Salisbury, Penda Tomlinson|
|A Structural Model for Player-Characters as Semiotic Constructs|
|What is Strafe Jumping? idTech3 and the Game Engine as Software Platform|
|Dylan Lederle-Ensign, Noah Wardrip-Fruin|