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Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames
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Videogames are both an expressive medium and a persuasive medium; they represent how real and imagined systems work, and they invite players to interact with those systems and form judgments about them. Expand
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Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
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In Unit Operations, Ian Bogost argues that similar principles underlie both literary theory and computation, proposing a literary-technical theory that can be used to analyze particular videogames. Expand
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The Rhetoric of Video Games
Animal Crossing is an “animal village simulator” for the Nintendo GameCube and DS video game consoles.1 As the game begins, the player has just left home to move to the game’s small village. There heExpand
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How to Do Things with Videogames
Bogost concludes that as videogames become ever more enmeshed with contemporary life, the idea of gamers as social identities will become obsolete, giving rise to gaming by the masses. But untilExpand
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Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System
The Atari Video Computer System dominated the home video game market so completely that "Atari" became the generic term for a video game console. The Atari VCS was affordable and offered theExpand
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Game-O-Matic: Generating Videogames that Represent Ideas
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We describe Game-O-Matic, a videogame authoring tool and generator that creates games that represent ideas that can be said to represent the user's intent. Expand
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Newsgames: Journalism at Play
Journalism has embraced digital media in its struggle to survive. But most online journalism just translates existing practices to the Web: stories are written and edited as they are for print; videoExpand
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Platform Studies: Frequently Questioned Answers
We describe six common misconceptions about platform studies, a family of approaches to digital media focused on the underlying computer systems that support creative work. We respond to these andExpand
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Videogames and Ideological Frames
Based on cognitive linguist George Lakoff's notions of metaphor and frame as the principle organizers of political discourse, this article offers an approach to analyzing political rhetoric inExpand
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