- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press (January 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568813473
- ISBN-13: 978-1568813479
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quests: Design, Theory, and History in Games and Narratives
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Certain scholars like Jeff Howard ... and Matt Barton ... have written rich, analytical, and well-annotated books on the subject, and I will use both in my course.
―Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer, April 2008
It's an unusual book, but an illuminating one within these areas.
―Clay Spinuzzi, May 2008
According to Jeff Howard ..., 'a quest is a journey across a symbolic, fantastic landscape in which a protagonist or player collects objects and talks to characters in order to overcome challenges and achieve a meaningful goal.' The most important part of this definition comes at the end, as I believe the foundation of the quest journey is 'to overcome challenges and achieve a meaningful goal.' Developing a successful quest means creating a meaningful interaction for the player.
―Andrew Dobbs at Design(ish), May 2008
Quests is an excellent tool ... for teaching games, media, writing, or other areas that include theory and application. ... Quests would also be an excellent choice as a supplemental text for more advanced classes, helping graduate students or faculty connect their research areas to new ways to represent, research, and teach using games.
―Gameology, February 2008
Quests is an incisive and highly accessible book that leads the reader on an exploration of literature, computer games, and a connection between them.
―grand TEXT auto, February 2008
Quests: Design, Theory, and History in Games and Narrative is an exploration of ... quests in both literary and gaming contexts, comparing and contrasting their appearances in each medium and striving to bring the two worlds closer together by imbuing game quests with more meaning. ... I look forward to the dialog his book will inspire. He would have us re-examine the game quest in terms of the narrative quest, and apply those lessons to gaming. The book is well worth a read, both as a lesson plan for making the activity of questing more meaningful, as well as a first step towards giving games that rely heavily on quests―especially MMOS―more meaningful goals.
―Michael Fiegel, Slashdot, September 2008
You might be surprised as to the breadth of material covered by the book, and indeed just how much needs to be covered in order to comprehensively understand [quests]. ... For me, this book is an invaluable resource, as it poses many questions that I haven't considered, and then continues to answer them.
―Steve Vink, The Game Creators Newsletter, October 2008
About the Author
Jeff Howard received his BA from the University of Tulsa (2000) and his MA (2002) and PhD (2007) from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently an assistant instructor in the English department at the University of Texas at Austin.
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The only thing I don't like too mutch is the design of text that used just a portion of the paper... there is too mutch blank area in this print... but could be nice to someone who likes to make annotations over the text...
The book I've bought was a used one, but the conditions are very good... just like a new one... so... that's it... a good book for those who want to learn more about quests, or who want to design better quests...
In short, Howard is an academic seeking to improve the quality of video games. That's a noble quest indeed!