Book: Images in Play
I could almost consider this a two-year project because the book was originally my doctoral dissertation, which I began writing in 2011 and defended in 2012. It took me another year to actually do the book adaptation, which was a different beast entirely. If I wanted to reach across to students, which included my youngest brother (who’s in high school), I realized that I had to re-write the entire manuscript. It had to be relate-able to those who are not academics and those who love playing games but are not familiar with game development jargon. From 347 pages, I reduced it to 223.
Here’s a photo comparison of the original dissertation versus the book version:
I also had the help of editor Maite Salazar, whom I have known way before her brother married my cousin (haha), and is a writer I greatly admire. Maite has an MFA in Creative Writing, which was just the discipline I needed as support, because she helped me organize the stories I wanted to tell.
This book is specifically about Filipino women social gamers who have played Gardens of Time, The Sims Social (may it rest in peace), and Cityville. I realize that — after the two years I spent writing about these women — these games may seem outdated. The women gamers’ stories, however, are still fascinating for me. I believe it can pave the way for future studies on what motivates Filipino women gamers.
Here’s a sample from the Kindle edition, which is my favorite version since it’s in full color (and the least expensive).
NOTE: As of the moment, only the paperback and Kindle editions are available at Amazon. It will take about a few weeks for the hardcover to be available in Amazon, though it is currently available in the link I indicated above.
NOTE 2: For students who plan on using the book as reference, this is no longer considered a dissertation because its format is completely different. If you want access to the unpublished doctoral dissertation, however, I believe the University of the Philippines submitted it to the National Library.
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