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Ring Bearers: The Lord of the Rings Online as Intertextual Narrative (Hardcover)

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Justin Parsler is a Lecturer in Games Studies at Brunel University and a professional game designer.

Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart is a Lecturer in Games Studies and New Media at the University of Chichester, and a Research Fellow at SMARTlab, The University of East London.

Justin Parsler is a Lecturer in Games Studies at Brunel University and a professional game designer
Ringbearers collects together essays by established and leading figures within Game Studies, each focused on different aspects of the massively multiplayer online game, "The Lord of the Rings Online."The authors played the game extensively, yet they each come to it with different questions. Some essays focus on what players do with and in the game, whether that means asking about the opportunities provided for role-play or asking how the knowledge that fans bring to the game informs their experience of it. Others focus on the design of the game: for example, the handling of narrative and its temporal dimensions, the articulation of core themes into ludic form, or the representational and aural strategies used. Moral rhetorics solicit discussion from various perspectives, as does the treatment of horror and the "other." Particular game mechanics are analyzed in detail, such as the game's crafting economy, or, more generally, the development of improbable conventions that players have learned to accept as the grammar of games. Of interest toDesign, Media, and Game Studies students and scholars, Ringbearers will also prove valuableto those studying adaptation and to scholar-fans of JRR Tolkein's massively influential and popular fictional work.


ISBN 9780719082924
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Format Hardcover
Pages 177
Publisher Date 2012-02-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Manchester Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.85 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Lord of the Rings Online as Intertextual Narrative
Audience College/higher education
Country of Origin United States

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