Journal: Inaugural issue of Well Played: a journal on video games, value and meaning is out now

ETC Press jas just announced the release of the inaugural issue of
Well Played: a journal on video games, value and meaning

Details after the jump

Table of Contents

Minecraft, Beyond Construction and Survival
Sean C. Duncan

Architecture as teambuilding in Left 4 Dead 2
Matt Haselton

Afterland – From well theorized to well learned?
Konstantin Mitgutsch, Matthew Weise

Little Big Planet and Metal Gear Solid 4: Being Old Sack Snake
Caroline C. Williams

*These essays were part of the Well Played Sessions at GLS 7.0, the 2011 Games+Learning+Society Conference in Madison, WI.

The Well Played Journal is a forum for in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. It is a reviewed journal open to submissions that will be released on a regular basis.

Contributors are encouraged to analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create a fulfilling playing experience unique to this medium. Through contributors, the journal will provide a variety of perspectives on the value of games.

The goal of the journal is to continue developing and defining a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience. Video games are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis. By inviting contributors to look closely at video games and the experience of playing them, we hope to expand the discussion, and show how games are well played in a variety of ways.

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The ETC Press is an academic and open-source publishing imprint that distributes its work in print, electronic and digital form. Inviting readers to contribute to and create versions of each publication, ETC Press fosters a community of collaborative authorship and dialogue across media. ETC Press represents an experiment and an evolution in publishing, bridging virtual and physical media to redefine the future of publication.

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etcpress-info ( at ) lists ( dot ) andrew ( dot ) cmu ( dot ) edu
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