Gaming Rhythms

Play and Counterplay from the Situated to the Global

by Thomas Apperley

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Book Description

This book is about digital games, the people who play digital games, and how they play them. This poses a large problem: even when discussing one game, each instance of play is different. Combine this with the thousands of digital games, and the millions of players, and it is apparent that the number of individual instances of game play is unfathomably large. What these instantiations do have in common is that they are enacted locally. There are many variables involved in establishing the local - which is always a contested and shifting site - experience of digital game play: drink, food, friends, hardware, light, mobile phones, music, and software. The mundane reality of classes, commitments, deadlines, homework, internet bills, sleep, and work, must also be negotiated. This book aims to demonstrate the significance of nexus of the everyday and the local instantiation of game play as starting point for concept building in the study of digital games. Through case studies of two internet caf├ęs, in Melbourne, Australia and Caracas, Venezuela, this project demonstrates how useful and generalizable concepts can be developed from understanding digital games as they are played. The specific localized experience of play can be connected to a global experience of digital game play, which ameliorates, exacerbates, and rescales the unease about the dynamic between games and players.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Gaming Rhythms ebook for free in PDF format (6.0 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Digital Game Ecologies
11
Chapter 2
Bodies, Computers and Other Aggregations
34
Chapter 3
Situated Ecologies
53
Chapter 4
The Social Milieu
67
Chapter 5
Local Rhythms, Global Rhythms
84
Chapter 6
Segues: Play Rhythms/Work Rhythms
101
Chapter 7
Blockages: Censorship. Piracy, and Participatory Culture
117
Chapter 8
Counterplay and Algorithmic Culture
132
 
Conclusion
147

Book Details

Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
Institute of Network Cultures
Published
2010
Pages
170
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9789081602112
ISBN10 Digital
908160211X
PDF Size
6.0 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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