Women and Gaming

Women and Gaming

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Today, virtual worlds abound, avatars are every day occurrences, and video games are yesterdaya€™s news. But todaya€™s games are not just a pastime for millions a€“ they are also a technological focal point for new forms of learning. James Paul Gee and Elisabeth Hayes are leading researchers in the field of gaming, and here they argue that women gamersa€”a group too often marginalizeda€”are at the forefront of todaya€™s online learning world. By utilizing the tools of gaming in ways never before imagined - actively engaging in game design, writing fan fiction, and organizing themselves into collaborative learning communities - women of all ages acquire the tools to successfully navigate the complex social, cultural , and economic problems of the 21st century. Women are leading the way to a new understanding of online learning techniques, from cultural production to learning communities to technical proficiency in the latest software. This book draws on case studies about women who a€œplaya€ the Sims, the best selling game in history, to argue for a new general theory of learning for the 21st Century.What Jade wanted to do could be done with software like Adobe Photoshop. But the ... When you start to design clothes for The Sims, you eventually discover, as did Jade, that ... She went home, did other tutorials, and spent hours practicing.

Title:Women and Gaming
Author:James Paul Gee, Elisabeth R. Hayes
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2010-04-15


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