publication . Bachelor thesis . 2011

Behind the Mechanics : the Conveyance of Political Messages Through Video Games

Haglund, Vira;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Publisher: Högskolan på Gotland, Institutionen för speldesign, teknik och lärande
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
This study is a response to the growing demand for more critical examinations of the video game as a communicative as well as interactive medium of mass culture. It reflects the game in regard to its potentials and abilities conveying a message to its audience and sets it into a broader discourse of mass communication. The analysis focuses on opinion forming games and their agendas whilst scrutinizing the methods through which certain messages are delivered to the player. The study is primarily based on qualitative research and analyzes the mechanisms of manipulation through examples with an emphasis on the mechanics and rules of the game, its visual aesthetics,...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Games, Game Design, Political Messages, Propaganda, War, Stereotypes, Stigmas, Entertainment
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