Description : In this in-depth critical and theoretical analysis of the horror genre in video games, 14 essays explore the cultural underpinnings of horror’s allure for gamers and the evolution of “survival” themes. The techniques and story effects of specific games such as Resident Evil, Call of Cthulhu, and Silent Hill are examined individually.
Description : As for film and literature, the horror genre has been very popular in the video game. The World of Scary Video Games provides a comprehensive overview of the videoludic horror, dealing with the games labelled as “survival horror” as well as the mainstream and independent works associated with the genre. It examines the ways in which video games have elicited horror, terror and fear since Haunted House (1981). Bernard Perron combines an historical account with a theoretical approach in order to offer a broad history of the genre, outline its formal singularities and explore its principal issues. It studies the most important games and game series, from Haunted House (1981) to Alone in the Dark (1992- ), Resident Evil (1996-present), Silent Hill (1999-present), Fatal Frame (2001-present), Dead Space (2008-2013), Amnesia: the Dark Descent (2010), and The Evil Within (2014). Accessibly written, The World of Scary Video Games helps the reader to trace the history of an important genre of the video game.
Description : Videogames are full of horrors – and of horror, a facet of the media that has been largely overlooked by the academic community in terms of lengthy studies in the fast-growing field of videogame scholarship. This book engages with the research of prominent scholars across the humanities to explore the presence, role and function of horror in videogames, and in doing so it demonstrates how videogames enter discussion on horror and offer a unique, radical space that horror is particularly suited to fill. The topics covered include the construction of stories in videogames, the role of the monster and, of course, how death is treated as a learning tool and as a facet of horror.
Description : This volume compiles papers from the Young Academics Workshop at the Clash of Realities conferences of 2017 and 2018. The 2017 workshop - Perceiving Video Games - explored the video game medium by focusing on perception and meaning-making processes. The 2018 workshop - Reframing the Violence and Video Games Debate - transcended misleading claims that link video games and violent behavior by offering a range of fresh topical perspectives. From BA students to postdoctoral researchers, the young academics of this anthology stem from a spectrum of backgrounds, including game studies, game design, and phenomenology. This volume also features an entry by renowned psychologist Christopher J. Ferguson.
Description : Despite the constant changes in contemporary popular media, the horror genre retains its attraction for audiences of all backgrounds. This edited collection explores modern representations of gender in horror and how this factors into the genre's appeal.
Description : For fans of the horror video game genre, certain names are as hallowed as holy scripture. Castlevania, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, these and other properties both big and small have been giving gamers goosebumps for decades. Bringing any successful horror game property to life requires no small amount of originality and creativity, but in a surprising number of cases it also requires a liberal application of cold hard truth.In Scare Tactics, author Nathaniel Hohl takes readers on a journey through the annals of horror game history, focusing on eleven specific horror game properties. In every case, the game or series being discussed has some connection to a real-life element or event. Whether it's the perpetually burning Pennsylvania town that helped shape the Silent Hill movie adaptation, the scrappy indie title that harkens back to the Salem Witch Trials, or the doomed video game project that would have cast Jack the Ripper as an unsung hero, real-life history has seeped into the horror game genre's bones like a specter of icy death.Through a combination of historical research and narrative recounting, Scare Tactics paints a vivid picture of how these horror properties came to be, and the role real-life history took in bringing them to life. Horror fans, historians, and video game enthusiasts alike will enjoy reading about the subtle yet tangible connections that make these iconic horror works unique and allow them to be equal parts fascinating and terrifying.
Description : From its earliest days as little more than a series of monophonic outbursts to its current-day scores that can rival major symphonic film scores, video game music has gone through its own particular set of stylistic and functional metamorphoses while both borrowing and recontextualizing the earlier models from which it borrows. With topics ranging from early classics like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. to more recent hits like Plants vs. Zombies, the eleven essays in Music in Video Games draw on the scholarly fields of musicology and music theory, film theory, and game studies, to investigate the history, function, style, and conventions of video game music.
Description : Understand Video Games as Works of Science Fiction and Interactive Stories Science Fiction Video Games focuses on games that are part of the science fiction genre, rather than set in magical milieux or exaggerated versions of our own world. Unlike many existing books and websites that cover some of the same material, this book emphasizes critical analysis, especially the analysis of narrative. The author analyzes narrative via an original categorization of story forms in games. He also discusses video games as works of science fiction, including their characteristic themes and the links between them and other forms of science fiction. Delve into a Collection of Science Fiction Games The beginning chapters explore game design and the history of science-fictional video games. The majority of the text deals with individual science-fictional games and the histories and natures of their various forms, such as the puzzle-based adventure and the more exploratory and immediate computer role-playing game (RPG).
Description : “This book is a must read for newcomers and experienced composers wanting to learn more about the art of video game composition.” —Chuck Doud, Director of Music, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios All You Need to Know to Create Great Video Game Music Written by the developer of Berklee School of Music’s pioneering game scoring program, this guide covers everything professional composers and music students need to know about composing interactive music for video games, and contains exclusive tools for interactive scoring—tools that were previously available only at Berklee. Drawing on twenty years of professional experience in the game industry, Michael Sweet helps you master the unique language of music storytelling in games. Next, he walks you through the entire music composition process, from initial conceptualization and creative direction through implementation. Inside, you’ll find dozens of examples that illustrate adaptive compositional techniques, from small downloadable games to multimillion dollar console titles. In addition, this guide covers the business side of video game composition, sharing crucial advice about contracts, pricing, sales, and marketing. Coverage includes Overcoming the unique challenges of writing for games Composing music that can adapt in real time to player actions Developing thematic ideas Using audio middleware to create advanced interactive scores Working effectively with game development teams Understanding the life of a video game composer Managing contracts, rights, estimating, and negotiation Finding work The companion website contains software tools to help you master interactive music concepts explored in this book, with additional resources and links to learn more about scoring for games. See Appendix A for details.
Description : O medo é um dos sentimentos mais ancestrais que orbita a existência do homem. O sentimento de medo, presente na natureza humana, historicamente foi uma base fecunda para que diferentes escritores, cineastas, roteiristas de histórias em quadrinhos e tantos outros narradores buscassem a inspiração para a criação de suas obras. O universo dos games não ficou de fora dessa lista. A sofisticação das últimas gerações de consoles permitiu que narrativas de terror fossem produzidas no formato de jogos que se tornaram tão assustadores quanto qualquer filme do gênero. Em 'Horror Ludens', o autor discute um panorama dos jogos de terror na contemporaneidade.Mais do que um estudo sobre jogos de terror, este livro é uma observação sobre ideias e conceitos do universo dos games em geral. É uma reflexão sobre a bilionária indústria mundial de games, o consumo do gênero de terror no campo lúdico e os muitos desdobramentos midiáticos que surgem nesse cenário. Sem mais delongas, acesse as profundezas desse assunto nas páginas que estão diante de você. Porém, vá sem medo.