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Digital Love: Romance and Sexuality in Games

Heidi McDonald



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CRC Press
01 November 2017
Graphical & digital media applications; Digital animation; Games development & programming
Scholars and professionals from all over the world, across experience levels and the gender and sexuality spectrum, share experiences and analysis of romance and sexuality in video games.

Whether discussing casual sex in the Star Wars universe; analyzing various Otome games; examining the gaze in various games; player romance behavior in games; or exploring the ethical ramifications of sexuality in virtual reality and other emerging technologies, this book discusses what players want in video game romance, and how developers can best deliver it.

Key Features:

Examines the past, present, and future of romance in single-player, role-playing games Discusses common presentations of romance in single-player, role-playing games- both in the category and game mechanics that drive romance Discusses research on how players define a satisfying game romance and what specific steps narrative designers can take to design satisfying games Explains the notion of the empathic game and explores its importance in relation to romance in game design
By:   Heidi McDonald
Imprint:   CRC Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9781138502895
ISBN 10:   1138502898
Pages:   290
Publication Date:   01 November 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Editor Heidi McDonald, who has lectured worldwide and been published multiple times on this topic, presents this collection as a means of continuing an industry-wide conversation about love and sexuality in video games. More than ever before, players are looking for emotional connection in their games, and this volume interprets how this is accomplished currently overall and in specific cases, and could be done better in the future.

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