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Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games

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Since tabletop fantasy role-playing games emerged in the 1970s, fantasy gaming has made a unique contribution to popular culture and perceptions of social realities in America and around the world. This contribution is increasingly apparent as the gaming industry has diversified with the addition of collectible strategy games and other innovative products, as well as the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 17th 2006 by McFarland and Company, Inc. (first published January 1st 2006)
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John Carter McKnight
A very mixed bag: this anthology of articles on fantasy gaming (tabletop and video) starts off strong, then fizzles badly. The socio/anthro pieces are strong, with a range of theoretical lenses well-applied. The "identity" section is a mix of weak and dated psychology and anecdotal claptrap, and I slept through the last third.

Still, worthwhile for some excellent bibliographies and examples of applying a wide range of theories to the study of fantasy gaming. And,there's just not that much out
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