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The Resource Gaming the Iron Curtain : how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games, Jaroslav Švelch

Gaming the Iron Curtain : how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games, Jaroslav Švelch

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Gaming the Iron Curtain : how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games
Title
Gaming the Iron Curtain
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how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games
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Jaroslav Švelch
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Language
eng
Summary
"Based on oral histories gathered from players, game creators and hobbyists active in the 1980s, as well as archival material like computer club newsletters, official documents, hobby magazines, TV broadcasts and the games produced in the period, Gaming the Iron Curtain offers a social history of games in Communist-era Czechoslovakia - a country with a rigid centrally planned economy, separated from its Western neighbors by the so-called Iron Curtain. In Czechoslovakia at the time, there was no hardware or software market, no private enterprise, no commercial advertising and no publicly available computing or gaming magazines. Despite these limitations, a vibrant computer hobby scene emerged. Tens of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks played computer games and at least two hundred titles were developed over the course of the 1980s. Aside from playing games, Czechoslovak home computer enthusiasts were also "gaming" their hardware and software by discovering new ways to code, crack and hack. But most importantly, they looked for and took advantage of 'gaps' in the Iron Curtain and the oppressive political regime in order to play and create games. Gaming the Iron Curtain therefore an original historical narrative as well as a comprehensive social historical understanding of how computer games were made and how gaming communities functioned in the Soviet bloc"--
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contains biographical information
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Švelch, Jaroslav
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Game histories
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  • Computer games
  • Computer games
  • Computer games
  • Computer programming
  • Czechoslovakia
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Gaming the Iron Curtain : how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games, Jaroslav Švelch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Micros in the margins : computer technology in the state socialist society -- Hunting down the machine : trajectories of microcomputer domestication -- Our amateur can work miracles : infrastructures of computer hobby -- Who's afraid of gameplay? : Czechoslovak discourses on computer games -- Lighting up the shadows : informal distribution of game software -- Bastard children of the West : establishing a domestic coding culture -- Empowered by games : games as a means of self-expression and activism
Control code
on1029799459
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xliii, 351 pages
Isbn
9780262038843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1029799459
Label
Gaming the Iron Curtain : how teenagers and amateurs in communist Czechoslovakia claimed the medium of computer games, Jaroslav Švelch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Micros in the margins : computer technology in the state socialist society -- Hunting down the machine : trajectories of microcomputer domestication -- Our amateur can work miracles : infrastructures of computer hobby -- Who's afraid of gameplay? : Czechoslovak discourses on computer games -- Lighting up the shadows : informal distribution of game software -- Bastard children of the West : establishing a domestic coding culture -- Empowered by games : games as a means of self-expression and activism
Control code
on1029799459
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xliii, 351 pages
Isbn
9780262038843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1029799459

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