Video Games Around the World

Video Games Around the World

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Video games have become a global industry, and their history spans dozens of national industries where foreign imports compete with domestic productions, legitimate industry contends with piracy, and national identity faces the global marketplace. This volume describes video game history and culture across every continent, with essays covering areas as disparate and far-flung as Argentina and Thailand, Hungary and Indonesia, Iran and Ireland. Most of the essays are written by natives of the countries they discuss, many of them game designers and founders of game companies, offering distinctively firsthand perspectives. Some of these national histories appear for the first time in English, and some for the first time in any language.Readers will learn, for example, about the rapid growth of mobile games in Africa; how a meat-packing company held the rights to import the Atari VCS 2600 into Mexico; and how the Indonesian MMORPG Nusantara Online reflects that country's cultural history and folklore. Every country or region's unique conditions provide the context that shapes its national industry; for example, the long history of computer science in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, the problems of piracy in China, the PC Bangs of South Korea, or the Dutch industry's emphasis on serious games. As these essays demonstrate, local innovation and diversification thrive alongside productions and corporations with global aspirations.Africa a€c Arab World a€c Argentina a€c Australia a€c Austria a€c Brazil a€c Canada a€c China a€c Colombia a€c Czech Republic a€c Finland a€c France a€c Germany a€c Hong Kong a€c Hungary a€c India a€c Indonesia a€c Iran a€c Ireland a€c Italy a€c Japan a€c Mexico a€c The Netherlands a€c New Zealand a€c Peru a€c Poland a€c Portugal a€c Russia a€c Scandinavia a€c Singapore a€c South Korea a€c Spain a€c Switzerland a€c Thailand a€c Turkey a€c United Kingdom a€c United States of America a€c Uruguay a€c VenezuelaAs mobile gaming platforms are also smaller and less complicated than consoles , game production became more affordable for ... Microsoft produced its own motion-sensing peripheral, the Kinect, which was released in November 2010 for the Xbox 360 and in February 2012 for Windows. ... the PlayStation 4; on the 18th , Nintendo released the Wii U; and on the 22nd, Microsoft released the Xbox One.

Title:Video Games Around the World
Author:Mark J. P. Wolf, Toru Iwatani
Publisher:MIT Press - 2015-05-22


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