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Video Game Spaces

Image, Play, and Structure in 3D Worlds

MIT Press

The move to 3D graphics represents a dramatic artistic and technical
development in the history of video games that suggests an overall transformation of
games as media. The experience of space has become a key element of how we
understand games and how we play them. In Video Game Spaces,
Michael Nitsche investigates what this shift means for video game design and
analysis. Navigable 3D spaces allow us to crawl, jump, fly, or even teleport through
fictional worlds that come to life in our imagination. We encounter these spaces
through a combination of perception and interaction. Drawing on concepts from
literary studies, architecture, and cinema, Nitsche argues that game spaces can
evoke narratives because the player is interpreting them in order to engage with
them. Consequently, Nitsche approaches game spaces not as pure visual spectacles but
as meaningful virtual locations. His argument investigates what structures are at
work in these locations, proceeds to an in-depth analysis of the audiovisual
presentation of gameworlds, and ultimately explores how we use and comprehend their

Nitsche introduces five analytical layers --
rule-based space, mediated space, fictional space, play space, and social space --
and uses them in the analyses of games that range from early classics to recent
titles. He revisits current topics in game research, including narrative, rules, and
play, from this new perspective. Video Game Spaces provides a
range of necessary arguments and tools for media scholars, designers, and game
researchers with an interest in 3D game worlds and the new challenges they
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Nitsche, Michael
Michael Nitsche is Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Communication,
and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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