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A well-written and insightful introduction to an emerging social phenomenon and field of study of our times
Provides a great introduction to the field of game studies and gives helpful suggestions for classroom activities. It is now required reading for the course.
An excellent read to introduction to game studies. Recommended.
I have read the book with great interest and have decided to not adopt it for the course not because of any shortcoming on the part of the book, but because it did not fit with the rest of my planned curriculum. Mäyrä's work is very comprehensive and presents a brief but considered introduction to the field.
Sadly, the organization of ideas presented in the book was incompatible with my course plan. I will reconsider adopting this book next year after evaluating my current course plan.
Recommended to students especially for the last chapter on how to prepare a game study project.
I found this book extremely useful. I will use it as a reference for my teaching, and have already recommended it as a text for Masters students. I feel it is not suitable for the undergraduate students at this stage.
I have also ordered it for the university libraries.
The book provides a nice introduction to key topics and areas of inquiry in the young field of game studies. It is well written, clear and accessible. There are, however, a number of formal issues (grammar, word choice, awkward expressions) that I hope will be rectified in a future edition of the text.
Manages to give a concise introductory overview of the field, including both formalistic as cultural perspectives. Good assignments to use in class.
This book has a good general overview and shows the history of games with appropriate examples. It is a good book for supplemental reading.
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