Fundamental components of the gameplay experience

  • This co-authored paper is based on research that originated in 2003 when our team started a series of extensive field studies into the character of gameplay experiences. Originally within the Children as the Actors of Game Cultures research project, our aim was to better understand why particularly young people enjoy playing games, while also asking their parents how they perceive gaming as playing partners or as close observers. Gradually our in-depth interviews started to reveal a complex picture of more general relevance, where personal experiences, social contexts and cultural practices all came together to frame gameplay within something we called game cultures. Culture was the keyword, since we were not interested in studying games and play experiences in isolation, but rather as part of the rich meaning- making practices of lived reality.

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Author details:Frans Mäyrä, Laura Ermi
Title of parent work (German):DIGAREC Series
Subtitle (German):analysing immersion
Publication type:Article
Publication year:2011
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2011/05/18
First page:88
Last Page:115
Source:Digarec Series, 06 (2011), S. 088 - 115
RVK - Regensburg classification:AP 15963
RVK - Regensburg classification:SU 500
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Künste und Medien
DDC classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 793 Spiele und Freizeitaktivitäten für drinnen
Collection(s):Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / DIGAREC Series, ISSN 1867-6227 / DIGAREC Series (2011) 06
License (German):License LogoKeine öffentliche Lizenz: Urheberrechtsschutz
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