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More than a Game: The Computer Game as Fictional Form

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Taking its cue from practices of reading texts in literary and cultural studies, this book considers the computer game as a new and emerging mode of contemporary storytelling. In a carefully organized study, Barry Atkins discusses questions of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: Tomb Raider, Half-Life, Close Combat and SimCity. T ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 6th 2003 by Manchester University Press (first published May 8th 2003)
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MJ Nicholls
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
An attempt to turn games into ‘texts’ to be ‘read’ like books or films. I see the point: games are interactive narratives and follow constructs similar to books and blah blah . . . but so what? Call me a philistine, but I don’t want people doing degrees in comparative computer game lit. And until game developers write half-decent scripts and dialogue for their products, there’s no particular reason we should elevate their cultural position.

This book was rather dry, lonely and plodding.
J A
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Barry Atkins attempts to understand video games as fictional forms, and pursues this investigation through four "game-fictions", each of which is given a chapter: the adventure game Tomb Raider, the action FPS game Half-Life, the Real-time strategy game Close Combat and the city-management simulation game SimCity. Important to note is that he considers the entire series, rather than a specific installment. This tends to be overlooked in the analysis, and while he largely gets away with it I thin ...more
Hesper
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fair amount of time I was reading this, I kept envisioning Mulder's "I Want To Believe" poster. This is to illustrate my bias up front: I want to believe that someday* video game narrative will be just as powerful as the better offerings of film, or of the page. Games are a unique fictional form, still in its early days, and the potential is there.

And that is exactly what Barry Atkins proposed ten years ago. Working from a literary criticism framework, he teased out the unique narrative possib
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Radim Baštan
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Analýza čtyř specifických her, vhodných zástupců svých žánrů, z hlediska naratologie.
Autor vyučuje anglickou literaturu, ale má trochu vhled i do kritického diskurzu filmových studií, tu a tam si vypůjčí z nových médií, sociologie, atd. Obávám se ale, že se tohoto o herní fikci nakonec moc nedozvíte.
Tahle knížka potřebovala pořádného editora. Zbytečně překombinovaná dlouhá souvětí, do kterých se Atkins zaplétá; příliš často nejsou opodstatněná.
Je dobře, že do disciplíny Game studies přibývají
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