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The Art of Videogames (New Directions in Aesthetics) by [Tavinor, Grant]
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As a new entertainment medium, videogaming has the power toengage intense, even obsessive attention. But are theother–worldly, imaginative experiences videogames provide authenticexperiences of art? In this astute and compelling book, GrantTavinor shows how videogaming marks a genuine advance in thehistory of artistic expression. No one interested in the future ofaesthetics can afford to ignore The Art ofVideogames.
Denis Dutton, author of The Art Instinct: Beauty,Pleasure, and Human Evolution

"Timely, sharp and thoroughly engaging. Equally informed byphilosophy and gameplay, Tavinor makes a compelling case thatgame–designers would profit from engaging with philosophicalaesthetics and that philosophers who want to contribute to 21stcentury aesthetics would do well to buy a PS3."
Ian Ground, Senior Lecturer, University ofSunderland

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Videogames aren t just for children anymore. In fact, theirfictional worlds now inspire us to make judgments about perceptualbeauty, involve us in interpretation, and arouse our emotions.Reflecting the increasing technical and moral sophistication of thegenre, The Art of Videogames presents a unique philosophicalapproach to the art of videogaming. The author, a philosopher aswell as an avid gamer, explores how philosophical theoriesdeveloped to address traditional art works such as novelsand film can also be applied to videogames. Chapters delveinto relationships between games and earlier artistic andentertainment media, employ the theory of fiction to explore howvideogames allow for interactive fiction, look at the role of gamenarrative, and address the debate about the moral status of violentevents depicted in videogame worlds. The text concludes by arguingthat videogames do indeed qualify as a new and exciting form ofrepresentational art.

By situating videogames in the framework of analytic philosophyof the arts, The Art of Videogames offers uniquephilosophical insights while finally bridging the worlds of fantasyand philosophy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2245 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (18 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053HQRSO
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I should probably rationalise the above by adding 'the best book on the subject - that I've been able to find', but it didn't seem as catchy. The point is, literature on the art and philosophy of gaming is incredibly sparse, so I was cautiously hopeful when I stumbled across this book that it would provide the information I needed for my project. (I'm writing an essay on the subject for college.)
It did, and more. Rather annoyingly, I found it quite late into the writing stage of my essay, and perhaps this actually demonstrates how good it is - I rewrote the entire 5000+ word essay to include the information in this book, because it was valuable enough to make days of reworking worth it.
Tavinor's personal experience with and interest in gaming is evident throughout, which makes it not only informative but enjoyable to read; it's possibly the first non-fiction book I haven't been able to put down. It's not a difficult read as such, but it gives more information on very detailed aspects of the subject than I was expecting or even hoping for - for me, it was invaluable.

Well-written, well-researched, well-informed, this book has it all. If you're writing on the subject yourself, or even if you just have a passing interest, you should buy this book. You won't regret it.
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By Sky on 13 Jan. 2014
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Written by a wannabe know it all who makes it clear the only video games he has played is Oblivion and GTA 4 as he uses them as a pointless example on nearly every page. Over-analysis's everything he thinks he knows about video games, Also this book has nothing to do with art in video games just a very pointless boring book. If you want a book about video game art or even video games look somewhere else.
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HASH(0x88d96b04) out of 5 stars Convincing arguments. 4 Aug. 2010
By Harviainen Jussi T - Published on Amazon.com
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Coming from a background of art philosophy and game studies, Tavinor makes quite a convincing argument for the potential of videogames to be art. Discussing issues of narrative, morality, transgression and so on, he builds up a structure that indeed does fit in with cluster theories of art. Yet he also includes lots of critique - some of which he refutes, some he admits as indeed valid - and thus shows a definite professionalism in his argumentation.

I was a bit disappointed with the lack of certain key references, including material from the philosophy of games (a field right between the two he extensively uses, which he strangely skips even when it would support his arguments a lot). And the author also seems quite ignorant of how some modern larps and pervasive games take what he considers artistically "unique" and "special" in videogames way further than his digital example games do, particularly in narrative-creation. Yet compared to many nearly canonized books of game studies, his ignorance is quite minimal, and the approach is much more open-minded and inclusive (if critically so) than most.

Of particular value to games research scholars are the parts on the potential impact of various types of fictionality to game-related moral issues, Tavinor's critique of immersion, and his strong defense of re-taking the word "interactive" to its proper use. Also, quite an eye-opener to people holding a highly elitist notion of what the word "art" may and should mean.
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HASH(0x891cbb80) out of 5 stars muy bueno 3 Feb. 2013
By Ruth García Martín - Published on Amazon.com
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Todo a sido perfecto. Ha llegado antes de lo previsto y en perfectas condiciones. No tengo ninguna queja, muy al contrario.
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HASH(0x890110e4) out of 5 stars good and iffy 4 April 2011
By john matos - Published on Amazon.com
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the book was good over all and full of grate info, but the author often times rambled on about his own story's in gaming (which i have often times done my self). i recommend the book to any one who wants a good read with a bunch of rabbit trails and rely enjoys the deep side of gaming.
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