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Subject/Keyword
Video Game Analysis
Game Studies
Video Games
Genres
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Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Henry, Calen
Supervisor and department
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Quamen, Harvey (English & Film Studies)
Gouglas, Sean (History & Classics)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-31T16:37:56Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
By looking at how genres names have evolved over the past two decades and tracing some of the history of literary genres I will make the case for a new way of looking at video games. This framework uses Mikhail Bakhtin’s work in The Dialogic Imagination (1981) to view video games through three different, but related lenses, Media History, Chronotope and Player/Game Interaction. Media History refers to the way earlier games and media works influence and are integrated into a video game. Chronotope refers to the specific time/space relationship present in a game and player/game interaction is the way in which a player interacts with a game to play it. These three facets create a framework that allows a relatively complete way to discuss games without relying on, but allowing for discussion of genres.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3WW7J
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License granted by Calen Henry (calen@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-30T17:23:13Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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