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Games and players in the electronic age. Tools for analysing the use of video games by adults and children

Authors
Journal
Réseaux The French journal of communication
0969-9864
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/reso.1996.3316

Abstract

Summary: This paper outlines the history of video games, from the Atari generation through Nintendo and Sega to interactive multimedia and hyper-reality. After considering a number of methodological questions, it suggests three different approaches for analysing the habits and behaviour of young players. It then discusses the new generation of adult games and the networks of virtual communities they have spawned on the Internet. The conclusion considers the influence of media games on other sectors of the culture industry.

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