The Formation of Gaming Culture

UK Gaming Magazines, 1981-1995

Authors: Kirkpatrick, G.

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About this book

This book analyses gaming magazines published in Britain in the 1980s to provide the first serious history of the bedroom coding culture that produced some of the most important video games ever played.

About the authors

Graeme Kirkpatrick is Professor in Media Arts, Aesthetics and Narration at the University of Skövde, Sweden. His Aesthetic Theory and the Video Game (2011) was recently listed by Edge magazine as one that should be in every gamer's library, while his Computer Games and the Social Imaginary (2013) was described in New Media & Society as 'one of the finest books to date on the subject of digital games'. His first book, Critical Technology (2004), won the 2005 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize from the British Sociological Association.

Reviews

"In the well-known story, the computer game industry 'crashed' in 1982-1983. This important book tells us that this did not happen outside the US. Instead, the lively UK computer game scene continued unabated, and Kirkpatrick shows how it gave rise to both the language and attitudes of today's computer game culture." - Jesper Juul, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark

"This piece is unique. It finally enables us to understand how the notions of 'gamer' and 'gaming' became established. A future videogame history textbook.' - Veli-Matti Karhulahti, University of Turku, Finland


Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Formation of Gaming Culture
Book Subtitle
UK Gaming Magazines, 1981-1995
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30510-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137305107
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30509-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45470-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 139
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