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CRC Press Inc
30 July 2019
Theory of music & musicology; Music: styles & genres; Popular culture; Media studies
Music in the Role-Playing Game: Heroes & Harmonies offers the first scholarly approach focusing on music in the broad class of video games known as role-playing games, or RPGs. Known for their narrative sophistication and long playtimes, RPGs have long been celebrated by players for the quality of their cinematic musical scores, which have taken on a life of their own, drawing large audiences to live orchestral performances.

The chapters in this volume address the role of music in popular RPGs such as Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft, delving into how music interacts with the gaming environment to shape players' perceptions and engagement. The contributors apply a range of methodologies to the study of music in this genre, exploring topics such as genre conventions around music, differences between music in Japanese and Western role-playing games, cultural representation, nostalgia, and how music can shape deeply personal game experiences.

Music in the Role-Playing Game expands the growing field of studies of music in video games, detailing the considerable role that music plays in this modern storytelling medium, and breaking new ground in considering the role of genre. Combining deep analysis with accessible personal accounts of authors' experiences as players, it will be of interest to students and scholars of music, gaming, and media studies.
Edited by:   William Gibbons (Texas Christian University USA), Steven Reale (Youngstown State University, USA)
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780815369028
ISBN 10:   0815369026
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   30 July 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William Gibbons is Associate Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University. Steven Reale is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Youngstown State University.

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