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    DescriptionPerhaps the fastest growing facet of American popular culture, the video game industry is Hollywood's premier rival in the entertainment business. But stacks of new releases for gaming enthusiasts mean more than just boom season for a burgeoning industry. 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. This book presents the most current research in fantasy games and examines the cultural and constructionist dimensions of fantasy gaming as a leisure activity. Each chapter investigates some social or behavioural aspect of fantasy gaming and provides insight into the cultural, linguistic, sociological, and psychological impact of games on both the individual and society. Section I discusses the intersection of fantasy and real-world scenarios and how the construction of a fantasy world is dialectically related to the construction of a gamer's social reality. Because the basic premise of fantasy gaming is the assumption of virtual identities, Section II looks at the relationship between gaming and various aspects of identity. The third and final section examines what the personal experiences of gamers can tell us about how humans experience reality. These concluding studies assess the pedagogical value of fantasy games in terms of both formal education and social morality.


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    Title
    Gaming as Culture
    Subtitle
    Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by J. Patrick Williams, Edited by Sean Q. Hendricks, Edited by W. Keith Winkler
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780786424368
    ISBN 10: 0786424362
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    DC22: 793.93
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    LC classification: GV1469.6 .G36 2006
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    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography, index
    Publisher
    McFarland & Co Inc
    Imprint name
    McFarland & Co Inc
    Publication date
    15 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Jefferson, NC