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What is the Avatar? - Fiction and Embodiment in Avatar-Based Singleplayer Computer Games. Revised and Commented Edition

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What are the characteristic features of avatar-based singleplayer videogames, from Super Mario Bros. to Grand Theft Auto? Rune Klevjer examines this question with a particular focus on issues of fictionality and realism, and their relation to cinema and Virtual Reality. Through close-up analysis and philosophical discussion, Klevjer argues that avatar-based gaming is a distinctive and dominant form of virtual self-embodiment in digital culture. This book is a revised edition of Rune Klevjer's pioneering work from 2007, featuring a new introduction by the author and afterword by Stephan Günzel, Jörg Sternagel, and Dieter Mersch.

About the author

Rune Klevjer is an associate professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. He specializes in computer game theory, with particular interest in player-avatar relationships, narrative, and the nature of fictional representation in virtual environments.Jörg Sternagel has worked as a scholar focusing on philosophy with an emphasis on phenomenology, European cultural history and art, media and film philosophy in international arts, design and media programmes in Germany and Switzerland since 2005. He has obtained the Habilitation in philosophy and the Humanities at Universität Konstanz in 2019.Dieter Mersch (Prof. Dr. em.) is former head of the Institute for Critical Theory at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and former president of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik. His fields of work include philosophical aesthetics, media philosophy, image theory, and the philosophy of music. {0000002532}Thomas Strässle (Prof. Dr.) is head of the Institute for Transdisciplinarity (Y Institute) at the Hochschule der Künste Bern and professor of modern German and comparative literature at the Universität Zürich. His fields of work include German literature from the 17th to the 21st century in a European context and the relationship between literature and other arts, especially music and material aesthetics.

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Authors Stephan Günzel, Rune Klevjer, Jörg Sternagel
Publisher Transcript
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 15.10.2022
EAN 9783837645798
ISBN 978-3-8376-4579-8
No. of pages 242
Dimensions 150 mm x 18 mm x 230 mm
Weight 381 g
Illustrations Dispersionsbindung, 1 SW-Abbildung
Series Game Studies
Subject Social sciences, law, business > Media, communication > Media science

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