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Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play
Contributor(s): Brookey, Robert (Editor), Oates, Thomas P. (Editor), Brookey, Robert Alan (Editor)

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ISBN: 0253015022     ISBN-13: 9780253015020
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2015


In this era of big media franchises, sports branding has crossed platforms, so that the sport, its television broadcast, and its replication in an electronic game are packaged and promoted as part of the same fan experience. Editors Robert Alan Brookey and Thomas P. Oates trace this development back to the unexpected success of Atari's Pong in the 1970s, which provoked a flood of sport simulation games that have had an impact on every sector of the electronic game market. From golf to football, basketball to step aerobics, electronic sports games are as familiar in the American household as the televised sporting events they simulate. This book explores the points of convergence at which gaming and sports culture merge.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Sociology Of Sports
- Games & Activities | Video & Electronic
- Social Science | Media Studies
Dewey: 794.8
Series: Digital Game Studies
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 6" W x 9" (0.80 lbs) 252 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

Robert Alan Brookey is Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the MA program in Digital Storytelling. He is the author of Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industries (IUP, 2010).

Thomas P. Oates is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.

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