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The computer game as fictional form

Barry Atkins

in More than a Game

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063640
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063640.003.0001
The computer game as fictional form

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The formal characteristics of the computer game as an independent form need examination if it is to be treated with the seriousness, as a massively popular form of cultural expression, that it deserves. To simply condemn or ignore this developing form of fiction as ‘childish’, rather than recognise its ‘immaturity’, might well be a mistake. This study offers suggestions, through example, of a practice of reading computer games that in no way constitutes a rigid methodology, but might be among the first faltering steps towards such a critical undertaking.

Keywords: computer game; fictional form; cultural expression; fiction; immaturity

Chapter.  9265 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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