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Title:Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Ian Bogost
Publisher:MIT Press (MA)
ISBN:026202599X
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Number of Pages:243
Category:Game design, Games, Non fiction, Video games, Gaming

Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism by Ian Bogost

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism 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 Moreover this approach can be applied beyond videogames Bogost suggests that any medium from videogames to poetry literature cinema or art can be read as a configurative system of discrete interlocking units of meaning and he illustrates this method of analysis with examples from all these fields The marriage of literary theory and information technology he argues will help humanists take technology more seriously and hep technologists better understand software and videogames as cultural artifacts This approach is especially useful for the comparative analysis of digital and nondigital artifacts and allows scholars from other fields who are interested in studying videogames to avoid the esoteric isolation of game studies The richness of Bogost s comparative approach can be seen in his discussions of works by such philosophers and theorists as Plato Badiou Zizek and McLuhan and in his analysis of numerous videogames including Pong Half Life and Star Wars Galaxies Bogost draws on object technology and complex adaptive systems theory for his method of unit analysis underscoring the configurative aspects of a wide variety of human processes His extended analysis of freedom in large virtual spaces examines Grand Theft Auto The Legend of Zelda Flaubert s Madame Bovary and Joyce s Ulysses In Unit Operations Bogost not only offers a new methodology for videogame criticism but argues for the possibility of real collaboration between the humanities and information technology

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