By Nina B. Huntemann, Ben Aslinger
A suite of formerly unpublished essays through either proven and rising students on games within the international context. It represents the transnational nature of games by way of commercial, textual, and participant practices, and advances cross-disciplinary methods to online game experiences. It contains essays from students from seven international locations interpreting online game cultures on macro- and micro-levels and investigates the growing to be transnational nature of electronic play. They comment on countries no longer often tested through online game stories – together with the previous Czechoslovakia, Turkey, India and Brazil – and likewise provides new views to the worldwide gaming hubs of China, Singapore, Australia, Japan, and the us. by way of interpreting either the foremost markets in addition to areas and localities that experience frequently been under-served by means of dominant business gamers and under-examined by way of either newshounds and students, this assortment bargains a extra nuanced, fluid, and hybrid photograph of gaming. those essays additionally offer new instructions for online game experiences because the box matures past the binaries of hardware/software, ludology/narratology, and major/indie improvement. as well as full-length essays, short snapshots of case experiences are incorporated. the variety of areas and views explored within the snapshots and full-length essays support domesticate new flooring for examine and aspect to possibilities for students attracted to the cross-pollination of gaming and globalization reviews.
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