Functions of Role-Playing Games How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity
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Description: It's easy to understand why role-playing games have become so immensely popular among contemporary gamers. By their very nature, these games are intensely immersive activities, with players experiencing various risks, rewards and social interactions all within the relatively consequence-free space of the game. This analytical study takes a deeper look at the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding their more acute psychological and sociological functions. Although mainstream media channels often dismiss involvement in role-playing games as escapist and potentially dangerous, role-playing actually encourages creativity, self-awareness, group cohesion and out-of-the-box thinking--all valuable cognitive and social skills that remain useful in the real world. The study also offers a detailed participant-observer ethnography on role-playing games, featuring insightful interviews with 19 participants of table-top, live action and virtual role-playing games.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 3/18/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall