Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2e, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Dungeons and Desktops

The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2e, 2nd Edition

By Matt Barton, Matt Barton, Shane Stacks

A K Peters/CRC Press

696 pages | 100 Color Illus.

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Computer role-playing games (CRPGs) are a special genre of computer games that bring the tabletop role-playing experience of games such as Dungeons & Dragons to the computer screen. Thisnew edition inlcudes two new chapters: The Modern Age, and a chapter on Indies and Mobile CRPGs. The new modern age chapter will cover, among other topics, Kickstarter/FIG crowdfunded projects such as Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity. It'll also bring the book up to date with major games such as Dragon Age, Witcher, Skyrim. Expanded info in first chapter about educational potential of CRPGs. Color figures will be introduced for the first time.

Key Features

  • gives reviews of hundreds of games across many platforms.
  • comprehensive book covering the history of computer RPGs.
  • comprehensive index at the back, letting you quickly look up your favourite titles
  • Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 An Introduction to Computer Role-Playing Games

    Chapter 2 Origins

    Chapter 3 the Dark Age

    Chapter 4 The Bronze Age

    Chapter 5 The Silver Age

    Chapter 6 The Birth of the Golden Age

    Chapter 7 SSI’s Golden Age

    Chapter 8 Origin’s Golden Age

    Chapter 9 The Golden Age of Sir-Tech, New World Computing, and Sierra

    Chapter 10 Early Japanese Role-Playing Games

    Chapter 11 Dungeon Master and the Rise of Real-Time 3D

    Chapter 12 Other Games of the Golden Age

    Chapter 13 The Epic Fails

    Chapter 14 The Platinum Age

    Chapter 15 Diablo and the Rise of Action RPGs

    Chapter 16 Fallout and Baldur_s Gate

    Chapter 17 Other Treasures of the Platinum Age

    Chapter 18 The Birth of the Modern Age

    Chapter 19 Modern JRPGs

    Chapter 20 The Rise of the MMORPG

    Chapter 21 The Late Modern Age

    Chapter 22 The Renaissance, Kickstarted

    Chapter 23 The Road Ever Ventures Forth

    Chapter 24 Surprise Encounter

    About the Authors

    Professor Matt Barton is a professor of English at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he specializes in writing and new media. He is a co-founder of the award-winning website Armchair Arcade and the author of scholarly and popular articles on games and writing.

    Shane Stacks produces a weekly series of YouTube videos with Matt Barton which focus on classic games and vintage hardware.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    COMPUTERS / Programming / Games