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Gaming Matters: Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium

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In his 2004 book Game Work, Ken S. McAllister proposed a rigorous critical methodology for the discussion of the “video game complex”—the games themselves, their players, the industry that produces them, and those who review and market them. Games, McAllister demonstrated, are viewed and discussed very differently by different factions: as an economic force, as narrative t ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by University Alabama Press (first published May 2011)
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Simeon Berry
After a little frustrating throat-clearing ("We're telling you what argument we're going to make, but some arguments we refuse to make, because... well, we're too smart for that."), the authors illuminate some excellent aspects of gaming and play.

However, the book felt really short, and the structure was deeply unsatisfying, as the last two chapters were about the economics of the game industry (a depressing and necessary note to strike, but not exactly a deeply-examined or new perspective) and
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