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The relevance of rules: Negotiations and accounts in co-operative and co-located computer gaming
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies.
2008 (English)In: The [Player],2008, Proceedings of the [player] conference: IT University of Copenhagen , 2008, 335- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Rules are everywhere in computer gaming, determining everything from simulated physics to the success of avatars- actions. These rules may or may not be known and available for the players in their comprehension of the game. This study shows some interactional circumstances in which the players- formulations of their gaming, their accounts of their play, are done with reference to the game-s rules. Video data is taken from a short period of fieldwork in an internet café, and shows co-located concerted game play in World of Warcraft (2005) and Warcraft III (2003). Analyses evidentiate that player account for, and hold each other to accountable to, the game-s rules in a variety of ways. Rules are shown to figure in players- account as discursive devices to determine which actions are appropriate at a specific time, but also to describe the enjoyment of the game or to demonstrate and test the players- own gaming competence. In this way, the rules of the game and the players- own rules of behavior can be seen as interconnected.

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Proceedings of the [player] conference: IT University of Copenhagen , 2008. 335- p.
Keyword [en]
Gaming, rules, accountability, ethnomethodology
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-44781Local ID: 77604OAI: diva2:265643
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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