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Gaming The Iron Curtain

Author : Jaroslav Švelch
ISBN : 9780262038843
Genre : Games & Activities
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How amateur programmers in 1980s Czechoslovakia discovered games as a medium, using them not only for entertainment but also as a means of self-expression. Aside from the exceptional history of Tetris, very little is known about gaming culture behind the Iron Curtain. But despite the scarcity of home computers and the absence of hardware and software markets, Czechoslovakia hosted a remarkably active DIY microcomputer scene in the 1980s, producing more than two hundred games that were by turns creative, inventive, and politically subversive. In Gaming the Iron Curtain, Jaroslav Švelch offers the first social history of gaming and game design in 1980s Czechoslovakia, and the first book-length treatment of computer gaming in any country of the Soviet bloc. Švelch describes how amateur programmers in 1980s Czechoslovakia discovered games as a medium, using them not only for entertainment but also as a means of self-expression. Sheltered in state-supported computer clubs, local programmers fashioned games into a medium of expression that, unlike television or the press, was neither regulated nor censored. In the final years of Communist rule, Czechoslovak programmers were among the first in the world to make activist games about current political events, anticipating trends observed decades later in independent or experimental titles. Drawing from extensive interviews as well as political, economic, and social history, Gaming the Iron Curtain tells a compelling tale of gaming the system, introducing us to individuals who used their ingenuity to be active, be creative, and be heard.
Category: Games & Activities

Oz Behind The Iron Curtain

Author : Erika Haber
ISBN : 9781496813619
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In 1939, Aleksandr Volkov (1891-1977) published Wizard of the Emerald City, a revised version of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Only a line on the copyright page explained the book as a "reworking" of the American story. Readers credited Volkov as author rather than translator. Volkov, an unknown and inexperienced author before World War II, tried to break into the politically charged field of Soviet children's literature with an American fairy tale. During the height of Stalin's purges, Volkov adapted and published this fairy tale in the Soviet Union despite enormous, sometimes deadly, obstacles. Marketed as Volkov's original work, Wizard of the Emerald City spawned a series that was translated into more than a dozen languages and became a staple of Soviet popular culture, not unlike Baum's fourteen-volume Oz series in the United States. Volkov's books inspired a television series, plays, films, musicals, animated cartoons, and a museum. Today, children's authors and fans continue to add volumes to the Magic Land series. Several generations of Soviet Russian and Eastern European children grew up with Volkov's writings, yet know little about the author and even less about his American source, L. Frank Baum. Most Americans have never heard of Volkov and know nothing of his impact in the Soviet Union, and those who do know of him regard his efforts as plagiarism. Erika Haber demonstrates how the works of both Baum and Volkov evolved from being popular children's literature and became compelling and enduring cultural icons in both the US and USSR/Russia, despite being dismissed and ignored by critics, scholars, and librarians for many years.
Category: Literary Criticism

Debugging Game History

Author : Henry Lowood
ISBN : 9780262034197
Genre : Games
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Essays discuss the terminology, etymology, and history of key terms, offering a foundation for critical historical studies of games.
Category: Games

Innovation And Marketing In The Video Game Industry

Author : David T. A. Wesley
ISBN : 0566091674
Genre : Business & Economics
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A great read for anyone interested in video games and the entertainment business. Wesley and Barczak craft a compelling read based through the history of video games---the unexpected success stories and colossal failures---which give us a foundation of learning that help those of us in the industry make better decisions in this new era of gaming. Tom Sperry, CEO of Blade Games, Founding member of Microsoft Games Group --
Category: Business & Economics

Computer Gaming World

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ISBN : UCSD:31822035130285
Genre : Computer games
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Simulation And Gaming Across Disciplines And Cultures

Author : David Crookall
ISBN : STANFORD:36105018245659
Genre : Computers
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"This comprehensive and immensely readable volume takes the reader to the cutting edge of the field. Like the conference from which it stems, the book has extremely broad coverage in terms of the topics addressed, the disciplines from which the authors come and to which their papers contribute, and the geographic sites of origin of the ideas and findings. The conference presentations, of a high quality in their initial form, have been wonderfully crafted by the authors with the excellent guidance of the editors. It is a timely addition to the literature and belongs on every gamer's bookshelf." --Cathy Stein Greenblat, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, New Jersey With contributions from leading international researchers in simulation and gaming, this book provides readers with up-to-date coverage of simulation and gaming as a professional endeavor rather than just as a set of subject-relevant techniques. Organized into four parts (applications, policy exercises, research, and professional matters), the book covers such topics as the application of simulation/games to specific purposes (such as international conflict, citizen participation, etc.); research in the areas of business performance and discourse analysis; and debriefing, ethics, and the state of simulation/gaming in various countries. Simulation and Gaming Across Disciplines and Cultures offers readers a cohesive picture of the breadth and richness of the field of simulation and gaming.
Category: Computers