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dc.contributor.advisorPearce, Celia
dc.contributor.authorSchweizer, Robert Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-27T13:36:50Z
dc.date.available2014-08-27T13:36:50Z
dc.date.created2014-08
dc.date.issued2014-05-14
dc.date.submittedAugust 2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/52219
dc.description.abstractVideogame cities are 'real-and-imagined' spaces whose ubiquity as a setting for games illustrates the persistent fascination with the opportunities for play in urban space. In order to describe these videogame cities, we need a framework that considers them as they relate not only to one another, but to other material and immaterial cities as well. Cities, according to landscape architect Douglas Allen, have a constitutional order that describes their structure and a representational order that fills this space with activity. While these concepts are useful for thinking about the way space organizes and afford certain activities, I pose that the addition of an experiential order better addresses the 'specificity' that makes each real-and-imagined city unique. The experience of these videogame cities primarily emerges from the movement of the player as they are embodied as something acting in the space. The videogame city in motion brings to life the 'spaces of flows' - sequences of exchange and interaction ヨ that sociologist Manuel Castells argues characterize the city in the information/computer age. Thus, not only do videogame cities draw on existing architecture, narratives, and mediations, they exhibit the traits of networked cities in their coordinated processes. By looking at the history of the development of the open-world city, its architectural organization, visual representations, algorithmic infrastructures, and how players traverse space, it is possible to paint a picture of what kinds of places these videogame cities are and how they allow us to reflect on urban form.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technology
dc.subjectVideogames
dc.subjectVideo games
dc.subjectCities
dc.subjectUrban studies
dc.subjectInfrastructure
dc.subjectMedia studies
dc.subjectArchitecture
dc.subjectGame design
dc.titleVideogame cities in motion
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePh.D.
dc.contributor.departmentLiterature, Media, and Communication
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBogost, Ian
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDiSalvo, Carl
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFlowers, Benjamin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWalz, Steffen P.
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