Playing the ring: intermediality and ludic narratives in the Lord of the Rings games
Kennedy, H. W. and Dovey, J. (2006) Playing the ring: intermediality and ludic narratives in the Lord of the Rings games. In: Mathijs, E., ed. (2006) Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context. Wallflower Press, pp. 254-269. ISBN 1904764835
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This chapter, fully collaborative from inception to completion, was conceived as way of interrogating the critical aporia in current game studies around understanding gameplay pleasures and engagements. This was the first piece of published research attentive to issues around technological competence as well as 'story competence' in relation to children's engagement with a single storyworld that specifically considered these issues comparatively across three distinct platforms. Presentations of the work have provoked requests for further appearances at seminars and conferences (Playful Subjects 2005, MeCCSA January 2006, LearnIT 'Gameplay' symposium March 2006).