Archive for March, 2008

Market and Society in Virtual Worlds

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 19, 2008 by frans

This was the paper that started the ongoing growth of academic and business interest in the virtual economics and real-money trading on virtual, game property:

Castronova, Edward (2001) ‘Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier’. CESifo Working Paper No. 618, December 2001. Online: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=294828

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Gamers in the UK

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 19, 2008 by frans

This is an interesting study that BBC commissioned from a couple of market research companies (something that you should take into account while looking at its focus and approach), and is packed with interesting glimpses into the role of games in different people’s lives. If only someone would fund academic games research with similar scope! 

BBC (2005) ‘Gamers in the UK: Digital Play, Digital Lifestyles’. Commissioned by BBC Creative Research and Development, authored by Rhianna Pratchett. Online: http://crystaltips.typepad.com/wonderland/files/bbc_uk_games_research_2005.pdf

Playing Research

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , on March 18, 2008 by frans

An article that is important in discussing the methodological role playing games has or should have for game studies:

Aarseth, Espen (2003) ‘Playing Research: Methodological Approaches to Game Analysis’. Proceedings of DAC 2003. Melbourne: RMIT University. Online: http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/dac/papers/Aarseth.pdf

The Escapist

Posted in Journals with tags , , on March 11, 2008 by frans

The Escapist has been published since 2005, and has the benefit of being open access, edited games magazine. Note, that this is not an academic journal, but if you are looking for accessible games journalism, and a source of topical information on games cultures, you might be interested to check out The Escapist. See:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

Eludamos

Posted in Journals with tags , on March 10, 2008 by frans

Eludamos — Journal for Computer Game Culture was established in 2007. It includes introductory articles, academic peer-reviewed game studies articles and reviews of games and books. The journal is interdisciplinary by character. See:
http://eludamos.org

SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This is an interesting early account of the creation of Spacewar!, one of the earliest digital games:

Brand, Stewart (1972) ‘SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death among the Computer Bums’. Rolling Stone, 7 December 1972. Online: http://www.wheels.org/spacewar/stone/rolling_stone.html

Game Design Patterns

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This paper presents a ‘semi-structured’ approach into analysing and designing games starting from patterns, basic games’ building blocks:

Björk, Staffan, Sus Lundgren & Jussi Holopainen (2003) ‘Game Design Patterns’. In: Marinka Copier and Joost Raessens (eds), Level Up: Digital Games Research Conference Proceedings. Utrecht: DiGRA and University of Utrecht. Online:
http://www.digra.org/dl/db/05163.15303.pdf