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Videogames (Routledge Introductions to Media and Communications)

Videogames (Routledge Introductions to Media and Communications)
Author: James Newman
ISBN 13: 9780415281928
ISBN 10: 41528192
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2004-03-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $35.95

Newman's lucid and engaging introduction guides the reader through the world of videogaming. It traces the history of the videogame, from its origins in the computer lab, to its contemporary status as a global entertainment industry, where characters such as Lara Croft and Sonic the Hedgehog are familiar even to those who've never been near a games console.

Topics covered include:

  • What is a videogame?

  • Why study videogames?

  • a brief history of videogames, from Pac-Man to Pokémon

  • the videogame industry

  • Who plays videogames?

  • Are videogames bad for you?

  • the narrative structure of videogames

  • the future of videogames