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More than a GameThe Computer Game as Fictional Form$
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Barry Atkins

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063640

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063640.001.0001

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More than a game?

More than a game?

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More than a Game

Barry Atkins

Manchester University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the three-way intersection between simulation, game, and real. It argues that we are so blinded by the sheen reflecting off our consoles and computers and by the hype of their public relations machines that we no longer see just how traditional the narratives on offer really are. We are always in danger of prioritising ‘computer’ over ‘game’, ‘game’ over ‘fiction’, and making too many assumptions about the ‘virtual’ that we do not take proper account of the ‘real’. The computer game as fictional form is also discussed.

Keywords:   computer game, game, real, simulation, fictional form, computers, consoles, narratives

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