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How Games Move Us : Emotion by Design (Hardcover) (Katherine Isbister)

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This is a renaissance moment for video games -- in the variety of genres they represent, and the range of emotional territory they cover. But how do games create emotion? InHow Games Move Us, Katherine Isbister takes the reader on a timely and novel exploration of the design techniques that evoke strong emotions for players. She counters arguments that games are creating a generation of isolated, emotionally numb, antisocial loners. Games, Isbister shows us, can actually play a powerful role in creating empathy and other strong, positive emotional experiences; they reveal these qualities over time, through the act of playing. She offers a nuanced, systematic examination of exactly how games can influence emotion and social connection, with examples -- drawn from popular, indie, and art games -- that unpack the gamer's experience.

Isbister describes choice and flow, two qualities that distinguish games from other media, and explains how game developers build upon these qualities using avatars, non-player characters, and character customization, in both solo and social play. She shows how designers use physical movement to enhance players' emotional experience, and examines long-distance networked play. She illustrates the use of these design methods with examples that range from Sony'sLittle Big Planet to the much-praised indie game Journey to art games like Brenda Romero'sTrain.

Isbister's analysis shows us a new way to think about games, helping us appreciate them as an innovative and powerful medium for doing what film, literature, and other creative media do: helping us to understand ourselves and what it means to be human.

Number of Pages: 167.0
Genre: Psychology
Sub-Genre: General, Emotions
Series Title: Playful Thinking
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Mit Pr
Author: Katherine Isbister
Language: English
Street Date: March 4, 2016
TCIN: 50778203
UPC: 9780262034265
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-3621

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