Postmodern Joy of Role-Playing Games: Agency, Ritual and Meaning in the Medium (Studies in Gaming) (Paperback)

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Historian Johan Huizinga once described game playing as the motor of humanity's cultural development, predating art and literature. Since the late 20th century, Western society has undergone a ludification, as the influence of game-playing has grown ever more prevalent. At the same time, new theories of postmodernism have emphasized the importance of interactive, playful behavior. Core concepts of postmodernism are evident in pen-and-paper role-playing, such as Dungeons and Dragons. Exploring the interrelationships among narrative, gameplay, players and society, the author raises questions regarding authority, agency and responsibility, and discusses the social potential of RPGs in the 21st century.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781476664934
ISBN-10: 1476664935
Publisher: McFarland and Company, Inc.
Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
Pages: 258
Language: English
Series: Studies in Gaming