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Making Deep Games: Designing Games with Meaning and Purpose (Paperback)

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Like movies, television, and other preceding forms of media, video games are undergoing a dynamic shift in its content and perception. While the medium can still be considered in its infancy, the mark of true artistry and conceptual depth is detectable in the evolving styles, various genres and game themes. Doris C. Rusch's, Making Deep Games, combines this insight along with the discussion of the expressive nature of games, various case studies, and hands-on design exercises. This book offers a perspective into how to make games that tackle the whole bandwidth of the human experience; games that teach us something about ourselves, enable thought-provoking, emotionally rich experiences and promote personal and social change. Grounded in cognitive linguistics, game studies and the reflective practice of game design, Making Deep Games explores systematic approaches for how to approach complex abstract concepts, inner processes, and emotions through the specific means of the medium. It aims to shed light on how to make the multifaceted aspects of the human condition tangible through gameplay experiences.

About the Author


Doris C. Rusch is a game designer, researcher, play aficionado and holds a position as game design faculty at DePaul University. Before that she did post doctoral work at GAMBIT Game Lab, MIT, and Vienna University of Technology (Austria). Rusch's work is focused on the theory and practice of game design, particularly in regard to games that model the "human experience". She has won numerous awards for experimental, metaphorical games, many of which contributing to mental health awareness and activism, such as Akrasia (a game about substance abuse), Elude (a game about depression), Zombie Yoga - Recovering the Inner Child (a Kinect game in which the player does Yoga poses to fight inner fears, represented by Zombies) and Soteria - Dreams as Currency (a game for teens to learn how to overcome anxiety disorder). Having completed studies in Literature, Philosophy, Comparative Media Studies and English at Vienna University, she received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Interactive Systems in 2004.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138812130
ISBN-10: 1138812137
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Pages: 198
Language: English