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Understanding Machinima

Author : Jenna Ng
ISBN : 9781441124531
Genre : Social Science
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In this groundbreaking collection, Dr. Jenna Ng brings together academics and award-winning artists and machinima makers to explore the fascinating combination of cinema, animation and games in machinima (the use of computer game engines to produce animated films in cost- and time-efficient ways). Book-ended by a preface by Henry Lowood (curator for history of science and technology collections at Stanford University) and an interview with Isabelle Arvers (machinima artist, trainer, critic, and curator), the collection features wide-ranging discussions addressing machinima not only from diverse theoretical perspectives, but also in its many dimensions as game art, First Nations media art, documentary, and pedagogical tool. Making use of interactive multimedia to enhance the text, each chapter features a QR code which leads to a mobile website cross-referencing with its print text, integrating digital and print content while also taking into account the portability of digital devices in resonance with machinima's mobile digital forms. Exploring the many dimensions of machinima production and reception, Understanding Machinima extends machinima's critical scholarship and debate, underscoring the exciting potential of this emerging media form.
Category: Social Science

How To Play Video Games

Author : Nina Huntemann
ISBN : 9781479827985
Genre : Games & Activities
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Forty original contributions on games and gaming culture What does Pokémon Go tell us about globalization? What does Tetris teach us about rules? Is feminism boosted or bashed by Kim Kardashian: Hollywood? How does BioShock Infinite help us navigate world-building? From arcades to Atari, and phone apps to virtual reality headsets, video games have been at the epicenter of our ever-evolving technological reality. Unlike other media technologies, video games demand engagement like no other, which begs the question—what is the role that video games play in our lives, from our homes, to our phones, and on global culture writ large? How to Play Video Games brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on video game culture, writing about the games they know best and what they mean in broader social and cultural contexts. Read about avatars in Grand Theft Auto V, or music in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. See how Age of Empires taught a generation about postcolonialism, and how Borderlands exposes the seedy underbelly of capitalism. These essays suggest that understanding video games in a critical context provides a new way to engage in contemporary culture. They are a must read for fans and students of the medium.
Category: Games & Activities

3d Game Based Filmmaking

Author : Paul Marino
ISBN : UOM:39015060064113
Genre : Computers
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Provides instructions on creating a 3D animated film on a PC.
Category: Computers


Author : Phylis Johnson
ISBN : 9780786488384
Genre : Performing Arts
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Unlike traditional animation techniques that use specialized 3D animation software, machinima—a term derived from the words “machine” and “cinema”—records the action in real-time interactive 3D environments, such as those found in video games, to create a cinematic production. No longer solely the province of hard-core gamers, machinima has become central to the convergence between animation, television, and film, but retains its own identity as a unique media format. It has evolved quickly within massive multi-player gaming and virtual platforms such as Second Life, The Sims, World of Warcraft, and virtual worlds under development. These interviews, essays, and discussions with leading machinima producers, reviewers, performers, and advocates discuss scripting basics, character development, and set design, as well as tips on crafting machinima through creative use of sound, lighting, and post-production.
Category: Performing Arts

The Machinima Reader

Author : Henry Lowood
ISBN : 9780262015332
Genre : Computers
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"Over the past decade, machinima - the creation of movies using computer game engines - has emerged as a vibrant area in digital culture. Machinima as a film-making tool grew from the bottom up, driven by enthusiasts who taught themselves to deploy technologies from computer games to create animated films quickly and cheaply. [This] is the first critical overview of this rapidly developing field. The contributors, who include both academics and artist-practitioners, explore machinima from multiple perspectives ... while paying close attnetion to the legal, cultural and pedagogal contexts fro machinima"--Publisher's description.
Category: Computers

Debugging Game History

Author : Henry Lowood
ISBN : 9780262331951
Genre : Games & Activities
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Essays discuss the terminology, etymology, and history of key terms, offering a foundation for critical historical studies of games. Even as the field of game studies has flourished, critical historical studies of games have lagged behind other areas of research. Histories have generally been fact-by-fact chronicles; fundamental terms of game design and development, technology, and play have rarely been examined in the context of their historical, etymological, and conceptual underpinnings. This volume attempts to “debug” the flawed historiography of video games. It offers original essays on key concepts in game studies, arranged as in a lexicon—from “Amusement Arcade” to “Embodiment” and “Game Art” to “Simulation” and “World Building.” Written by scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including game development, curatorship, media archaeology, cultural studies, and technology studies, the essays offer a series of distinctive critical “takes” on historical topics. The majority of essays look at game history from the outside in; some take deep dives into the histories of play and simulation to provide context for the development of electronic and digital games; others take on such technological components of games as code and audio. Not all essays are history or historical etymology—there is an analysis of game design, and a discussion of intellectual property—but they nonetheless raise questions for historians to consider. Taken together, the essays offer a foundation for the emerging study of game history. Contributors Marcelo Aranda, Brooke Belisle, Caetlin Benson-Allott, Stephanie Boluk, Jennifer deWinter, J. P. Dyson, Kate Edwards, Mary Flanagan, Jacob Gaboury, William Gibbons, Raiford Guins, Erkki Huhtamo, Don Ihde, Jon Ippolito, Katherine Isbister, Mikael Jakobsson, Steven E. Jones, Jesper Juul, Eric Kaltman, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Carly A. Kocurek, Peter Krapp, Patrick LeMieux, Henry Lowood, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Ken S. McAllister, Nick Monfort, David Myers, James Newman, Jenna Ng, Michael Nitsche, Laine Nooney, Hector Postigo, Jas Purewal, Reneé H. Reynolds, Judd Ethan Ruggill, Marie-Laure Ryan, Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Anastasia Salter, Mark Sample, Bobby Schweizer, John Sharp, Miguel Sicart, Rebecca Elisabeth Skinner, Melanie Swalwell, David Thomas, Samuel Tobin, Emma Witkowski, Mark J.P. Wolf
Category: Games & Activities

Career Building Through Machinima

Author : Holly Cefrey
ISBN : 1404213589
Genre : Business & Economics
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Machinima, meaning "machine cinema," is the technology of using computers to create cinematic features. This book teaches readers, who may be hobbyists in the art, how to use their talents to produce lifelong careers from what they love.
Category: Business & Economics

Game Mods Design Theory And Criticism

Author : Erik Champion
ISBN : 9781300540618
Genre : Education
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Are games worthy of academic attention? Can they be used effectively in the classroom, in the research laboratory, as an innovative design tool, as a persuasive political weapon? Game Mods: Design Theory and Criticism aims to answer these and more questions. It features chapters by authors chosen from around the world, representing fields as diverse as architecture, ethnography, puppetry, cultural studies, music education, interaction design and industrial design. How can we design, play with and reflect on the contribution of game mods, related tools and techniques, to both game studies and to society as a whole?
Category: Education

Animated Worlds

Author : Animated 'Worlds' (Conference)
ISBN : UCSC:32106018887957
Genre : Performing Arts
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Animated 'Worlds' is an edited anthology of papers originally presented at the eponymous conference held in 2003 at Farnham Castle, England.
Category: Performing Arts

Understanding Minecraft

Author : Nate Garrelts
ISBN : 9780786479740
Genre : Games & Activities
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Since its official release in 2011, Minecraft has sold over 48 million copies across all gaming platforms. The premise of Minecraft is simple: destroy, collect, build and interact in a world made entirely of colored cubes. Unlike Lego blocks or other construction toys, Minecraft's digital play space allows for virtually limitless creation without the cost and limitations of physical building materials. Developer Mojang's generous policies toward modification and other uses of their intellectual property also engender enthusiasm and creativity from fans who make music, art and animation inspired by the software. The first essays in this collection cover Minecraft's origins, describing its relationship to other video games and toys and examining the learning models implicit in its design. Later essays describe and theorize the various ways players interact with the software, which simultaneously presents them with structural constraints and limitless possibilities. NOT OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG.
Category: Games & Activities

Fan Fiction And Fan Communities In The Age Of The Internet

Author : Kristina Busse
ISBN : 9780786454969
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Fans have been responding to literary works since the days of Homer’s Odyssey and Euripedes’ Medea. More recently, a number of science fiction, fantasy, media, and game works have found devoted fan followings. The advent of the Internet has brought these groups from relatively limited, face-to-face enterprises to easily accessible global communities, within which fan texts proliferate and are widely read and even more widely commented upon. New interactions between readers and writers of fan texts are possible in these new virtual communities. From Star Trek to Harry Potter, the essays in this volume explore the world of fan fiction—its purposes, how it is created, how the fan experiences it. Grouped by subject matter, essays cover topics such as genre intersection, sexual relationships between characters, character construction through narrative, and the role of the beta reader in online communities. The work also discusses the terminology used by creators of fan artifacts and comments on the effects of technological advancements on fan communities. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Category: Literary Criticism

Mastering Unreal Technology

Author : Jason Busby
ISBN : UIUC:30112096211856
Genre : Computers
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Let your imagination run wild in the world of Unreal Technology.Mastering Unreal Technology: The Art of Level Designknows no boundaries as it shows you how to build custom mods, maps and levels with the Unreal engine. Its tutorial format will give you immediate results through the tips and demos provided from the industry's top level designers. Learn to create your own characters, weapons and gaming environments, as well as how to go beyond the Unreal environment and export custom elements from 3D modeling applications. A CD that contains the Unreal Engine, graphics, examples and code is also included, giving you everything you need to create custom levels in Unreal or build your own games and virtual environments. Mastering Unreal Technology will help put you on the cutting-edge of gaming technology.
Category: Computers

Canadian Animation

Author : Chris Robinson
ISBN : UOM:39015079360478
Genre : Performing Arts
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A unique look into the lives of Canada's most important animators
Category: Performing Arts

New Scientist

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ISBN : UOM:39015057326632
Genre : Science
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Author : Matt Kelland
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114402402
Genre : Computers
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Provides instructions on creating a 3D animated film on a PC.
Category: Computers


Author : Oliver Grau
ISBN : UOM:39015067650633
Genre : Art
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In "MediaArtHistories," leading scholars take a wider view of new media art, placing it against the backdrop of art history and acknowledging the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach in new media art studies and practice.
Category: Art

Animation And Creativity In The Classroom

Author : Britta Pollmuller
ISBN : 9783668284364
Genre : Education
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Research Paper from the year 2016 in the subject Guidebooks - School, Education, Pedagogy, Auckland University of Technology, language: English, abstract: The book is the description of a model of how young people learn about animation and machinima and looks at three key themes: creativity, which is the process of developing original ideas that have value, media literacy which is the knowledge, skills and competencies that are required to use and interpret media, and culture which influences critical and creative behaviour. The study draws from Raymond Williams' definition of culture, Lev Vygotsky's work on the development and use of creativity and Paul Well's analysis of animation language. It looks at the history of animation as an art form and a popular medium, the debate about high and popular culture, the history of art education and aesthetics and media education and criticality. The research consists of case studies of action research that explore approaches to 'camera-less' animation, drawn animation, model animation and machinima, as carried out in Norfolk Secondary Schools and Schome Park, a secure 3D virtual world for thirteen to seventeen year olds, set in Teen Second Life. The book argues that (1) Animation and machinima offer a multidisciplinary model of creativity that allows for play, imagination and fantasy, but it also needs a literacy framework to develop students' creativity in order to produce animations that are original and valuable from a critical perspective. (2) Youth culture changes the way young people engage with animation. (3) Worthwhile learning about animation and machinima has some domain-specific elements, it needs specific knowledge and depends on multimodal choices and media literacies. In all of this, the study proposes ways to consolidate art and media education, new media arts and their respective practices and pedagogies. Good teaching and learning are key factors that foster positive learning progression and are standards by which the quality of young peoples' creative work can be encouraged, understood and evaluated.
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Author : Matteo Bittanti
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121408095
Genre : Art
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Illustrates artistic expressions made with an emphasis on videogames. Text in English and Italian.
Category: Art

Media Literacy

Author : Donaldo Pereira Macedo
ISBN : 082048668X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines