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Events and collusions: a glossary for the microethnography of videogame play

Events and collusions: a glossary for the microethnography of videogame play
Events and collusions: a glossary for the microethnography of videogame play
This essay draws on a number of recent research projects that record and analyze video game play. The ``microethnographic'' approach that they develop suggests methodological strategies, both for analyzing gameplay and for identifying and conceptualizing relationships between technology, agency, and aesthetics in everyday technoculture across and between the virtual and the actual. It suggests a new model of technoculture in everyday life, shifting analytical and critical attention away from established research objects and notions (the ``impact'' of technologies, consumption, identities and subjectivity, interactivity) and toward the ``event'' of gameplay as one with nonhuman as well as human participants, and brought into being by relationships, and translations, of human and nonhuman agency.
1555-4120
144-157
Giddings, Seth
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Giddings, Seth
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Giddings, Seth (2009) Events and collusions: a glossary for the microethnography of videogame play. Games and Culture, 4 (2), 144-157. (doi:10.1177/1555412008325485).

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This essay draws on a number of recent research projects that record and analyze video game play. The ``microethnographic'' approach that they develop suggests methodological strategies, both for analyzing gameplay and for identifying and conceptualizing relationships between technology, agency, and aesthetics in everyday technoculture across and between the virtual and the actual. It suggests a new model of technoculture in everyday life, shifting analytical and critical attention away from established research objects and notions (the ``impact'' of technologies, consumption, identities and subjectivity, interactivity) and toward the ``event'' of gameplay as one with nonhuman as well as human participants, and brought into being by relationships, and translations, of human and nonhuman agency.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 December 2008
Published date: April 2009

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434460
ISSN: 1555-4120
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