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Rated M for Mature : Sex and Sexuality in Video Games (Paperback)

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This is an anthology of academic essays on the topic of sex and video games. Individual pieces range in style from theoretical postmodernism to history to cultural criticism. Readers who are well-educated in either video games or alternative sexualities will find the discourse on both topics variable in depth and quality; what the book offers is attention to their intersection, in the context of academic writing. "Mainstream" heterosexuality (generally focused on men) is given approximately equal space with kink and with queer theories or sexualities. (A character's trans status is assumed to be a sexual subject.) Part one looks at historical, translation/censorship, and legal issues. Part two looks at more explicit sexual and kink examples, both direct and parody. Part three looks at possibilities and absences in video game spaces. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The word sex has many implications when it is used in connection with video games. As game studies scholars have argued, games are player-driven experiences. Players must participate in processes of play to move the game forward. The addition of content that incorporates sex and/or sexuality adds complexity that other media do not share.

Rated M for Mature further develops our understanding of the practices and activities of video games, specifically focusing on the intersection of games with sexual content. From the supposed scandal of ?Hot Coffee? to the emergence of same-sex romance options in RPGs, the collection explores the concepts of sex and sexuality in the area of video games.
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: Social Science, Games
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language: English
Street Date: October 22, 2015
TCIN: 23987019
UPC: 9781628925777
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-5226
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