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The computer game as fictional form

The formal characteristics of the computer game as an independent form need examination if it is to be treated with the seriousness, as a massively popular form of cultural expression, that it deserves. To simply condemn or ignore this developing form of fiction as ‘childish’, rather than recognise its ‘immaturity’, might well be a mistake. This study offers suggestions, through example, of a practice of reading computer games that in no way constitutes a rigid methodology, but might be among the first faltering steps towards such a critical undertaking.

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