Fun and frustration

  • This paper draws on Bernard Stiegler’s critique of “hyperindustrialism” to suggest that digital gaming is a privileged site for critiques of affective labor; games themselves routinely nod towards such critiques. Stiegler’s work adds, however, the important dimension of historical differentiation to recent critiques of affective labor, emphasizing “style” and “idiom” as key concerns in critical analyses of globalizing technocultures. These insights are applied to situate digital play in terms of affective labor, and conclude with a summary analysis of the gestural-technical stylistics of the Wii. The result is that interaction stylistics become comparable across an array of home networking devices, providing a gloss, in terms of affect, of the “simple enjoyment” Nintendo designers claim characterizes use of the Wii-console and its complex controllers.

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Author:James Tobias
ISSN:1867-6219 (print)
Parent Title (German):DIGAREC Lectures 2008/09 : Vorträge am Zentrum für Computerspielforschung mit Wissenschaftsforum der Deutschen Gamestage ; Quo Vadis 2008 und 2009
Subtitle (German):style and idiom in the Nintendo Wii
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2009
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2009/11/02
First Page:94
Last Page:112
Source:DIGAREC Lectures 2008/09 : Vorträge am Zentrum für Computerspielforschung mit Wissenschaftsforumder Deutschen Gamestage ; Quo Vadis 2008 und 2009 / herausgegeben von Stephan Günzel, Michael Liebe und Dieter Mersch. - Universitätsverlag Potsdam, 2009. - S. 094 - 112
RVK - Regensburg Classification:AP 15963
RVK - Regensburg Classification:SU 500
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Künste und Medien
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 70 Künste / 700 Künste; Bildende und angewandte Kunst
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / DIGAREC Series, ISSN 1867-6227 / DIGAREC Series (2009) 02 / DIGAREC Lectures 2008/09
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht