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The Evolution and Social Impact of Video Game Economics


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Contents Introduction Casey Hart 1."Show me the money!" - Shifting Fields of Capital in the Global Game Industry Casey O'Donnell 2.Nintendo's Retro Revolution: Commodified Nostalgia and the Virtual Console Steve Cuff and Christopher Terry 3.Business Models, Planned Obsolescence, Externalities: Examining the Virtual Hand of the Video Game Industry Mark D. Cruea 4.Prestige: A Cyclical Act for Consumer Control Brent Kice 5.Free-to-play? Considering the interaction of functional factors in video game design influencing the economic effectiveness of microtransactions Casey Hart 6.P(l)aying Pretty: Consuming Fairy Tales and Device Applications Emma Whatman 7.Playing with and against Microtransactions: The Discourses of Microtransactions Acceptance and Rejection in Mainstream Video Games Jan Svelch 8.Smart Players and Happy Consumers: Effects of Game Characteristics and Player Emotional Experiences on in-App Ad Responses Hsuan-Yi Chou and Shaojung Sharon Wang 9.Gold Farming in China-and in Western Academia, Journalism, and Fiction Bjarke Liboriussen About the Editor and Contributors

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Casey B. Hart is associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Stephen F. Austin State University.


With the volume, Dr. Hart invites readers to engage a wide variety of academic perspectives that discuss shifts in video game production and marketing in the face of an evolving and maturing gaming public. These essays offer a far more complex and compelling discussion beyond a "dollars and cents" economic analysis of the video game industry; they also provide insight into the interplay between the industry and how it creates and markets games for changing audiences. -- Nicholas D. Bowman, West Virginia University
There is a web of critical issues at play in the economic world of games, and Hart's collection begins to untangle them. These essays start a much needed conversation about the unseen economic motivations in gaming culture. -- Sky LaRell Anderson, Denison University
The reality of the video game industry is that it is a business and economic forces have tremendous impact upon its growth and development. The Evolution and Social Impact of Video Game Economics functions as a valuable guide to game scholars for understanding how such forces interact with the games that they play and study. -- Matthew Wysocki, Flagler College

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