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Computer Games and Technical Communication

Book Description

Taking as its point of departure the fundamental observation that games are both technical and symbolic, this collection investigates the multiple intersections between the study of computer games and the discipline of technical and professional writing. Divided into five parts, Computer Games and Technical Communication engages with questions related to workplace communities and gamic simulations; industry documentation; manuals, gameplay, and ethics; training, testing, and number crunching; and the work of games and gamifying work. In that computer games rely on a complex combination of written, verbal, visual, algorithmic, audio, and kinesthetic means to convey information, technical and professional writing scholars are uniquely poised to investigate the intersection between the technical and symbolic aspects of the computer game complex. The contributors to this volume bring to bear the analytic tools of the field to interpret the roles of communication, production, and consumption in this increasingly ubiquitous technical and symbolic medium.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. List of Figures and Tables
  6. Notes on Contributors
  7. Foreword – Judd Ethan Ruggill and Ken S. McAllister
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction: Playing the Field: Technical Communication for Technical Games
  10. Part I Connecting Professional and Technical Communication and Game Studies
    1. 1 It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Pulls Out a Manual: Finding a Role for Technical Communicators in the Game Industry
    2. 2 Come Out Playing: Computer Games and the Discursive Practices of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
  11. Part II Industry Documentation and Procedural Guides
    1. 3 Rendering Novelty Mundane: Technical Manuals in the Golden Age of Coin-Op Computer Games
    2. 4 Just Playing Around: From Procedural Manuals to In-Game Training
    3. 5 “It Wasn’t Intended to be an Instruction Manual”: Revisiting Ethics of “Objective” Technical Communication in Gaming Manuals
  12. Part III Getting the Player Involved
    1. 6 Game Design Documents: Changing Production Models, Changing Demands
    2. 7 Developing a Testing Method for Dynamic Narrative
    3. 8 Psyche and Eros: Rhetorics of Secrecy and Disclosure in Game Developer–Fan Relations
    4. 9 Patching as Design Rhetoric: Tracing the Framing and Delivery of Iterative Content Documentation in Online Games
    5. 10 “You Are How You Play”: Privacy Policies and Data Mining in Social Networking Games
    6. 11 Working at Play: Modding, Revelation, and Transformation in the Technical Communication Classroom
  13. Part IV Games in the Professional and Technical Communication Classroom
    1. 12 Inhabiting Professional Writing: Exploring Rhetoric, Play, and Community in Second Life
    2. 13 How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Classroom: Teaching Technical Communication through the Social Practices of MMORPGs
    3. 14 The Three D’s of Procedural Literacy: Developing, Demonstrating, and Documenting Layered Literacies with Valve’s Steam for Schools
    4. 15 Questing through Class: Gamification in the Professional Writing Classroom
    5. 16 From Realism to Reality: A Postmortem of a Game Design Project in a Client-Based Technical Communication Course
  14. Index
  15. Games Index