“The Assemblage of Play”, Games and Culture, vol. 4, no. 4, 331-339, 2009.
(Correction to text: This piece was funded by the MacArthur Foundation.)
This article explores the notion of assemblage for computer game studies. Drawing on this framework the author proposes a multi-faceted methodological approach to the study of games and the play experience. Drawing on user-created mods (modifications) in the game World of Warcraft and an analysis of a raid encounter there, a discussion is undertaken about the relationship between technological artifacts, game experience, and sociality. Primary to the consideration is an argument for the centralizing the inter-relation of a variety of actors and nodes when analyzing lived play in computer games.
“Internet & Games” in M. Consalvo, C. Ess, R. Burnett (eds.) The Blackwell Handbook of Internet Studies, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
“Becoming a Player: Networks, Structures, and Imagined Futures” in Y. Kafai, C. Heeter, J. Denner, and J. Sun (eds.) Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender, Games, and Computing, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008.
“Pushing the Borders: Player Participation and Game Culture” in J. Karaganis (ed.), Network_Netplay: Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, New York: Social Science Research Council, 2007.
“Unruly Play, History Lessons, and a Call for Non-Dichotomous Models,” State of Play II, October 2004.
Copy unavailable. Please refer to my book Play Between Worlds for most recent version of the argument.