The Philosophy of Computer Games Hardcover – Jul 11 2012
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From the reviews:
“This anthology of 16 essays discusses games from a philosophical perspective. … Game designers and those interested in philosophy … will find the book illuminating and a springboard for new ways to think about games and interactive media. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners in game design.” (A. Chen, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)
“This book is really about the philosophy of computer games. … Previously, foundational books in computer games … were more sociological in their orientation. This book begins to add an important pillar to that foundation. … It asks and attempts to answer some very serious questions. … I would recommend it first to philosophers in related fields such as the philosophy of fiction or media studies. I would also recommend it to designers of video games and virtual worlds … .” (J. M. Artz, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2012)
From the Back Cover
Computer games have become a major cultural and economic force, and the last decade has seen the emergence of extensive academic study of such games. Up until now there has been little attention from philosophy to investigate the philosophical problems that arise from the phenomenon of computer games. This book fill this lacuna by bringing philosophers and media researchers together in discussions of the basic concepts needed to understand computer games. The essays address central issues such as the reality status of the game environment, gameplay, and the moral evaluation of player or avatar actions. The anthology is required reading for anyone with an academic or professional interest in computer games, and will also be valuable to any reader curious about the philosophical issues that are raised by modern-day digital culture.