Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industries (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Aug 26, 2010 - Performing Arts - 188 pages
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For years, major film studios have licensed products related to their most popular films; video game spin-offs have become an important part of these licensing practices. Where blockbuster films are concerned, the video game release has become the rule rather than the exception. In Hollywood Gamers, Robert Alan Brookey explores the business conditions and technological developments that have facilitated the convergence of the film and video game industries. Brookey treats video games as rhetorical texts and critically examines several games to determine how specific industrial conditions are manifest in game design. Among the games (and films) discussed are Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, Spider-Man, and Iron Man.

  

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Contents

1 Playing Together
1
2 Playing the Games Being the Heroes
30
3 Coppola Sleeps with the Fishes
49
4 Marvel Goes to the Movies
66
5 Disney Saves the Worlds
89
6 What Shall We Play Next?
110
Notes
141
Works Cited
153
Index
163
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About the author (2010)

Robert Alan Brookey is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northern Illinois University and author of Reinventing the Male Homosexual (IUP, 2002).

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