Popular Music in the Nostalgia Video Game

Popular Music in the Nostalgia Video Game: The Way It Never Sounded
Andra Ivănescu
Palgrave Macmillan, January 11, 2019 – 165 p.

This book looks at the uses of popular music in the newly-redefined category of the nostalgia game, exploring the relationship between video games, popular music, nostalgia, and socio-cultural contexts. History, gender, race, and media all make significant appearances in this interdisciplinary work, as it explores what some of the most critically acclaimed games of the past two decades (including both AAA titles like Fallout and BioShock, and more cult releases like Gone Home and Evoland) tell us about our relationship to our past and our future. Appropriated music is the common thread throughout these chapters, engaging these broader discourses in heterogeneous ways. This volume offers new perspectives on how the intersection between popular music, nostalgia, and video games, can be examined, revealing much about our relationship to the past and our hopes for the future.

Table of contents (5 chapters)
The Ghosts of Popular Music Past and Video Games Future, Pages 1-28
Games on Media: Beyond Remediation, Pages 29-74
Games on Society: Playable Anxieties, Pages 75-108
Temporal Anomalies: Alternative Pasts and Alternative Futures, Pages 109-143
Memories of Mediated Pasts and Hopes for Mediated Futures, Pages 145-157



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