Routledge Advances in Game Studies

Games studies is now firmly established as a popular, important and significant area of study in the academic world. Bringing together theories and thought from a wide range of disciplines, this series features cutting-edge research addressing the major issues in game studies today.

  • Digital Games as History

    How Videogames Represent the Past and Offer Access to Historical Practice

    By Adam Chapman

    This book provides the first in-depth exploration of video games as history. Chapman puts forth five basic categories of analysis for understanding historical video games: simulation and epistemology, time, space, narrative, and affordance. Through these methods of analysis he explores what…

    Hardback – 2016-06-06 
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  • Video Game Policy

    Production, Distribution, and Consumption

    Edited by Steven Conway, Jennifer deWinter

    This book analyzes the effect of policy on the digital game complex: government, industry, corporations, distributors, players, and the like. Contributors argue that digital games are not created nor consumed outside of the complex power relationships that dictate the full production and…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • The Dark Side of Game Play

    Controversial Issues in Playful Environments

    Edited by Torill Elvira Mortensen, Jonas Linderoth, Ashley ML Brown

    Games allow players to experiment and play with subject positions, values and moral choice. In game worlds players can take on the role of antagonists; they allow us to play with behaviour that would be offensive, illegal or immoral if it happened outside of the game sphere. While contemporary…

    Hardback – 2015-06-16
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  • Understanding Counterplay in Video Games

    By Alan F. Meades

    This book offers insight into one of the most problematic and universal issues within multiplayer videogames: antisocial and oppositional play forms such as cheating, player harassment, the use of exploits, illicit game modifications, and system hacking, known collectively as counterplay. Using…

    Hardback – 2015-06-12
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  • Gender, Age, and Digital Games in the Domestic Context

    By Alison Harvey

    Western digital game play has shifted in important ways over the last decade, with a plethora of personal devices affording a range of increasingly diverse play experiences. Despite the celebration of a more inclusive environment of digital game play, very little grounded research has been devoted…

    Hardback – 2015-04-08
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    Routledge Advances in Game Studies

  • Sexuality in Role-Playing Games

    By Ashley ML Brown

    Role-playing games offer a chance to pretend, make believe, and share fantasy. They often invoke heavy themes into their game play: morality, violence, politics, spirituality, or sexuality. Although interesting moral debates perennially appear in the media and academia concerning the…

    Hardback – 2015-03-11
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  • Video Games and Social Competence

    By Rachel Kowert

    Despite their popularity, online video games have been met with suspicion by the popular media and academic community. In particular, there is a growing concern that online video game play may be associated with deficits in social functioning. Due to a lack of empirical consistency, the debate…

    Hardback – 2014-12-15
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