Authored by: Julia G. Raz

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510


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Whether in your living room, your friend’s house, on your cell phone, at a bar, at an office party, in a retirement home, or on a cruise ship, it is likely you have come into contact with games such as Wii Sports (Nintendo EAD, 2006), Rock Band (Harmonix Music Systems, 2007), Guitar Hero (Harmonix Music Systems, 2005), Dance Central (Harmonix Music Systems, 2010), Angry Birds (Rovio Entertainment, 2009), or Farm-Ville (Zynga, 2009). These games are referred to as casual games, that is, games that do not require a long-time commitment, use complex buttons on a controller, or even require an underlying understanding of how to play a video game.

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