The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice: Procedural Habits

1st Edition

Steve Holmes

Published September 25, 2017
Reference - 274 Pages - 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138303270 - CAT# Y366355
Series: Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication


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The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice offers a critical reassessment of embodiment and materiality in rhetorical considerations of videogames. Holmes argues that rhetorical and philosophical conceptions of "habit" offer a critical resource for describing the interplay between thinking (writing and rhetoric) and embodiment. The book demonstrates how Aristotle's understanding of character (ethos), habit (hexis), and nature (phusis) can productively connect rhetoric to what Holmes calls "procedural habits": the ways in which rhetoric emerges from its interactions with the dynamic accumulation of conscious and nonconscious embodied experiences that consequently give rise to meaning, procedural subjectivity, control, and communicative agency both in digital game design discourse and the activity of play.

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