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Subject/Keyword
procedural realism
non-diegetic
gamic action
procedural representation
video games
wargames
semiotics
HUD
regime of computation
computer strategy games
age of empires
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Paredes-Olea, Mariana
Supervisor and department
Gouglas, Sean (History and Classics)
Cisneros, Odile (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
White, Jerry (English and Film Studies)
Cisneros, Odile (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Gouglas, Sean (History and Classics)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-01T16:38:13Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Throughout the history of strategy games, the concept of realism has taken part of cultural discourses that claim such games reproduce dynamics of war. In this thesis, A. Galloway’s, I. Bogost’s and C. Pierce’s work are used to construct the concept of procedural realism to support the thesis that strategy games build ‘realist’ fiction based on the execution of game processes through the Heads Up Display interface. Discussion on the visibility of rules will draw attention to the extra-diegetic dimensions of games, to explore how these devices promote ideological approaches to the real. The form of realism found in computer strategy games is an example of Katherine Hayles’ regime of computation, where “[c]ode is understood as the discourse system that … generates nature itself (27). This worldview is also present in non-computational strategy wargames; however, analysis focuses on Real Time Strategy and Turn-Based Strategy games’ non-diegetic devices.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3G98B
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