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Science Fiction Video Games

1st Edition

By Neal Roger Tringham

A K Peters/CRC Press

536 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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Description

Understand Video Games as Works of Science Fiction and Interactive Stories

Science Fiction Video Games focuses on games that are part of the science fiction genre, rather than set in magical milieux or exaggerated versions of our own world. Unlike many existing books and websites that cover some of the same material, this book emphasizes critical analysis, especially the analysis of narrative. The author analyzes narrative via an original categorization of story forms in games. He also discusses video games as works of science fiction, including their characteristic themes and the links between them and other forms of science fiction.

Delve into a Collection of Science Fiction Games

The beginning chapters explore game design and the history of science-fictional video games. The majority of the text deals with individual science-fictional games and the histories and natures of their various forms, such as the puzzle-based adventure and the more exploratory and immediate computer role-playing game (RPG).

Reviews

"Neal Tringham has created an essential book that critically explores a significant breadth of video games that stand apart as proper works of science fiction. Video game and science fiction fans alike are sure to be engaged by the well-wrought narrative presented."

—Bill Loguidice, Armchair Arcade, Inc.

"A great star ship captain once said space, the final frontier, was where no one has gone before. Well, it’s certainly a place that many gamers have gone before. Indeed, science fiction is, as this book makes clear, the premier destination for games since their inception. Why science fiction worlds and narratives in games have remained so prevalent is a question worth pondering. This book will be vital reading for any and all game designers and writers interested in science fiction in games, as well as critics and students researching the connections between game design, narrative, and the literary study of science fiction."

—Matt Barton, Armchair Arcade, Inc.

Table of Contents

Video Games and Science Fiction

Further Reading

Game Narratives

Further Reading

Game Design

Further Reading

Hyperfiction

Further Reading

Independent Games

Further Reading

Adventures

Further Reading

Beneath a Steel Sky

Beyond Good & Evil

Bioforge

Bureau 13

Call of Cthulhu

Chronomaster

Cyborg

Dark Earth

Destroy All Humans!

Dig, The

Dishonored

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Exile

Fahrenheit 451

Fish!

Full Throttle

Gene Machine, The

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

inFAMOUS

Infocomics

Journeyman Project, The

KULT: The Temple of Flying Saucers

Last of Us, The

Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Longest Journey, The

Machinarium

Manhunter

Maniac Mansion

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle

Marsport

Mind Forever Voyaging, A

Mindwheel

Nomad Soul, The

Obsidian

Outcast

Pathologic

Pepper’s Adventures in Time

Planetfall

Portal

Prototype

Remember Me

Shadow of Memories

Silicon Dreams

Snatcher

Space Quest

Starcross

Starship Titanic

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

Tex Murphy

Timequest

Time Zone

To the Moon

Trinity

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Computer Role Playing Games

Further Reading

Albion

Alien Logic

Anachronox

Autoduel

B.A.T.

Borderlands

Buck Rogers XX VC

Chrono Trigger

Circuit’s Edge

Empire I: World Builders

Fallout

Final Fantasy

Freedom Force

Front Mission

.hack

Infinite Space

Mass Effect

MegaTraveller

Further Reading

Mother

Phantasy Star

Resonance of Fate

Rogue Galaxy

Sentinel Worlds

Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator

Shadowrun

Space

Space: 1889

Starflight

Star Ocean

Starquest

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Sundog: Frozen Legacy

Twilight: 2000

Wasteland

Worlds of Ultima

Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenogears

Online Worlds

Further Reading

Anarchy Online

Champions Online

City of Heroes

Defiance

EVE Online

Star Wars: Galaxies

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Tabula Rasa

Alternate Reality Games

Further Reading

Beast, The

Majestic

First-Person Shooters

Further Reading

Aliens Versus Predator

Bioshock

Cryostasis

Crysis

Deus Ex

Doom

FEAR: First Encounter Assault Recon

Half-Life

Halo: Combat Evolved

Heavy Gear

Marathon Trilogy

Metaltech

Metro 2033

Perfect Dark

Quake

Rage

Red Faction

Resistance: Fall of Man

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl

System Shock

Unreal

Third-Person Shooters

Gears of War

Metal Gear

Oni

Survival Horror

Dead Space

Resident Evil

Computer Wargames

Further Reading

Andromeda Conquest

BattleTech

Further Reading

Battlezone

Carrier Command

Command & Conquer

Darwinia

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty

Frozen Synapse

Galactic Saga

Homeworld

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising

Laser Squad

Midwinter

Ogre

Perimeter

Renegade Legion: Interceptor

RobotWar

Sins of a Solar Empire

Starcraft

Starfleet Command

Starfleet Orion

Star General

Star Trek

Supreme Commander

Syndicate

Total Annihilation

Warhammer 40,000

X-COM

4X Games

Emperor of the Fading Suns

Galactic Civilizations

Master of Orion

Reach for the Stars

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

VGA Planets

God Games

Evil Genius

Fate of the World

Spore

Startopia

Toy Games

Microsoft Space Simulator

SIMEarth

Space Sims

Further Reading

Archimedean Dynasty

Battlecruiser 3000 AD

Captain Blood

Elite

Freelancer

Freespace

Independence War: The Starship Simulator

Space Rangers

Star Control

Star Raiders

Star Wars: X-Wing

Transarctica

Universe

Wing Commander

X Series, The

Others

Angry Birds Space

Another World

Asteroids

Crimson Skies

Defender

Deus Ex Machina

It Came from the Desert

Lunar Lander

Mercenary

Metroid

Mirror’s Edge

Missile Command

Mule

Psychonauts

Robotron

Sentinel, The

Space Invaders

Further Reading

Spacewar

Further Reading

Speedball

Star Saga

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space

Trust and Betrayal: The Legacy of Siboot

Wings out of Shadow

Wipeout

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Neal Tringham is a videogame developer, a former astrophysicist, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is also a contributing editor of and contributor to the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. He has worked on a number of games, including Aliens versus Predator, Taito Legends, and Ghost Master.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM012040
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games