Documentary at play

Sorensen, I. E. and Thorhauge, A. M. (2013) Documentary at play. In: Folk, M. and Apostel, S. (eds.) Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication. IGI Global: Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 353-367. ISBN 9781466626942 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2663-8.ch020)

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Docu-games designate a versatile group of games that have in common an attempt to depict and reflect on aspects of reality such as military conflicts, historical periods, or contemporary political and socio-cultural issues. As such, docu-games have become a new communication tool for individuals or organizations. This chapter explores different perspectives on games as documentaries, going beyond the mere subject matter and visualization of docu-games to approach questions about simulations as statements about reality and gameplay as a tool for communicating statements about reality. Combining cognitive documentary and games theory with content analysis, the chapter offers a theoretical framework for understanding how docu-games reference the relationship between reality and game, as well as how they establish credibility in relation to these representations.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorensen, Dr Inge
Authors: Sorensen, I. E., and Thorhauge, A. M.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:IGI Global
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