In this collection of over 20 pieces of original contemporaneous reporting and analysis, veteran game journalist Kyle Orland takes a look back at gaming’s “awkward adolescence” in the early 2000s. In doing so, he examines the technological, cultural, and business forces that were roiling the industry during this important transition period, gleaning modern lessons from a time when video games were growing out of their “kids stuff” image and into a global entertainment powerhouse.
Well Played (Vol. 10, No. 2)
This special issue of Well Played examines playable theater.
Playable theatre, simply put, is live performance that integrates meaningful audience agency, where participants have some kind of perceivable and transformative impact on the experience. Playable theatre can take a variety of forms, from immersive and participatory theatre, to live action roleplaying (larping), to pervasive alternate reality games, to escape rooms with live actors, to interactive theme park experiences, to some of the mediated live performances that have become commonplace in the age of COVID-19.
Teaching the Game (Volume 2)
The goal of this book was to collect interdisciplinary syllabi of courses that implement, utilize, and/or teach the development or analyses of games. Chapters include a catalog description, course purposes and objectives, context, pedagogy, assignments, assessment, an expanded course outline, and a set of best practices for instruction. Readers will be able to develop or adapt their own syllabi drawing on the expertise of international leaders in gaming.
The ETC Press is proud to announce the release of the Teaching the Game: A collection of syllabi for game design, development, and implementation, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, edited by Richard E. Ferdig, Emily Baumgartner, & Enrico Gandolfi.
This volume collects documentation of the 2019 International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) Art Exhibition and new scholarly texts from the artists involved. The works collected here explore interactive storytelling through the broad lens of the curated theme: The Expression of Emotion in Humans and Technology.
For a companion to the retrospective, we invite authors to submit essays that articulate how games have been a part of their pandemic experience, and the value and role games have had in their lives this past year. By analyzing these gameplay experiences, we hope to highlight how much games can matter.