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Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industries

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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.

Synopsis:

Video game design and the video gaming community share the limelight in this study of the convergence of video games and movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, Kingdom Hearts, Spiderman, and Ironman. Robert Alan Brookey addresses video games as both narrative text and lived practice to argue that video games based on movies use a rhetoric in which game play involves the players in the construction of narrative messages that support corporate interests. Rather than escaping the influences of traditional media or passively receiving such messages, players are incorporated into the political economy of the video game or film franchise.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Playing Together

2. Playing the Games, Being the Heroes

3. Coppola Sleeps with the Fishes

4. Marvel Goes to the Movies

5. Disney Saves the World(s)

6. What Shall We Play Next?

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Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253222312
Author:
Brookey, Robert Alan
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Animation
Subject:
Television & Video
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Performance Studies; Business; Cinema; Cinema/Film; Media; Technology; Theory
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
8.66 x 6.54 x 0.54 in

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Video game design and the video gaming community share the limelight in this study of the convergence of video games and movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, Kingdom Hearts, Spiderman, and Ironman. Robert Alan Brookey addresses video games as both narrative text and lived practice to argue that video games based on movies use a rhetoric in which game play involves the players in the construction of narrative messages that support corporate interests. Rather than escaping the influences of traditional media or passively receiving such messages, players are incorporated into the political economy of the video game or film franchise.
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