The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power by James AshThe Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power by James Ash

The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power

byJames Ash

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In The Interface Envelope, James Ash develops a series of concepts to understand how digital interfaces work to shape the spatial and temporal perception of players. Drawing upon examples from videogame design and work from post-phenomenology, speculative realism, new materialism and media theory, Ash argues that interfaces create envelopes, or localised foldings of space time, around which bodily and perceptual capacities are organised for the explicit production of economic profit. Modifying and developing Bernard Stiegler's account of psychopower and Warren Neidich's account of neuropower, Ash argues the aim of interface designers and publishers is the production of envelope power. Envelope power refers to the ways that interfaces in games are designed to increase users perceptual and habitual capacities to sense difference. Examining a range of examples from specific videogames, Ash identities a series of logics that are key to producing envelope power and shows how these logics have intensified over the last thirty years. In turn, Ash suggests that the logics of interface envelopes in videogames are spreading to other types of interface. In doing so life becomes enveloped as the environments people inhabit becoming increasingly loaded with digital interfaces. Rather than simply negative, Ash develops a series of responses to the potential problematics of interface envelopes and envelope power and emphasizes their pharmacological nature.
James Ash is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, UK. He has a background in human geography and completed his PhD at the University of Bristol on practices of video game design and testing. James has published a number of articles on technology and video games in a range of international journals.
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Title:The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, PowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 1.1 Attention, Economy, Power 1.2 Post-Phenomenology and New Materialism 1.3 Media, Software and Game Studies 1.4 Chapter outlines 2. Interface 2.1 Interface theory 2.2 Interface as Object 2.3 Interfaces as Environments 2.4 Interface, Object, Transduction 3. Resolution 3.1 Resolution 3.2 Neuropower 3.3 High and low Resolution 3.4 Phasing between resolutions 3.5 Resolution, Habit, Power 4. Technicity 4.1 Technicity 4.2 Psychopower 4.3 Homogenization 4.4 Irreversibility 4.5 Technicity, Time, Power 5. Envelopes 5.1 Homeomorphic Modulation 5.2 Envelope Power 5.3 Shifting Logics of the Envelope in Games Design 5.4 The Contingency of Envelopes 6. Ecotechnics 6.1 The Ecotechnics of Care 6.2 Ecotechnics of Care: two sites of transduction 6.3 From suspended to immanent ecotechnical systems of care 6.4 The Temporal Deferral of Negative Affect 7. Envelope Life 7.1 Gamification 7.2 Non-gaming interface envelopes 7.3 Questioning Envelope Life 7.4 Pharmacology 8. Conclusions 8.1 Games / Digital Interfaces 8.2 Objects / New materialism / Envelopes 8.3 Power / Economy / Capitalism Bibliography Index

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This book offers a wealth of in-depth analysis, which delivers on the promise of taking games seriously. The broad and solid theory building that the book offers is sorely needed. ... [It] pushes our discussion and thought in a different and important direction.