Playing Video Games: Motives, Responses, and Consequences

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Peter Vorderer, Jennings Bryant
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006 - Games - 464 pages
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From security training simulations to war games to role-playing games, to sports games to gambling, playing video games has become a social phenomena, and the increasing number of players that cross gender, culture, and age is on a dramatic upward trajectory. Playing Video Games: Motives, Responses, and Consequences integrates communication, psychology, and technology to examine the psychological and mediated aspects of playing video games. It is the first volume to delve deeply into these aspects of computer game play. It fits squarely into the media psychology arm of entertainment studies, the next big wave in media studies. The book targets one of the most popular and pervasive media in modern times, and it will serve to define the area of study and provide a theoretical spine for future research.

This unique and timely volume will appeal to scholars, researchers, and graduate students in media studies and mass communication, psychology, and marketing.

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University of Hannover

Arthur A. Raney (Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1998) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Florida State University (USA). His research interests include psychological effects of media entertainment content, with an emphasis on the role of cognition in the enjoyment of drama, sports, and other fare. His most recent work contributes to entertainment theory by further investigating the role of moral judgment in the formation of dispositions toward media characters, as well as the role of moral judgment and justice considerations in enjoyment. He is currently co-editing (with Dr. Jennings Bryant) the forthcoming "Handbook of Sports and Media" (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), which seeks to better define the parameters of social scientific, historical, and critical investigations into the relationship between sports and media. His additional sports-related writings can be found in "Sport Communication, Part III: Reception of Sport in the Media" (2004), "Communication and Emotion: Essays in Honor of Dolf Zillmann "(2003)," Zur Medialisierung des Sports "(2002), "Media Entertainment: The Psychology of its Appeal "(2000), and "MediaSport "(1998).

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