New Issue of Game Studies (Vol 15:1)

Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research has just published its latest issue (Volume 15, Issue 1, July 2015). All articles are available at..


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The Demarcation Problem in Multiplayer Games: Boundary-Work in EVE Online’s eSport

by Marcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, Michael Arnold

Informal rules are fundamental to multiplayer game play. Based on the analysis of a thrown tournament final in EVE Online’s eSport, this article presents and argues for the theory of boundary-work for understanding the processes through which players develop and dispute informal social rules that mediate play in multiplayer games.

Me and Lee: Identification and the Play of Attraction in The Walking Dead

by Nicholas Taylor, Chris Kampe, Kristina Bell

This micro-ethnographic account of gameplay in The Walking Dead examines the shifting nature of players’ relationship with Lee Everett, the game’s protagonist. It offers a provisional schema that accounts for the “attractors” that shape this relationship. The schema is applied to a brief but intense moment in two players’ experiences with the game.

No Mastery Without Mystery: Dark Souls and the Ludic Sublime

by Daniel Vella

This article discusses the aesthetic mode of the sublime as it applies to games, contextualized in an analysis of Dark Souls. It argues that the sublime represents a crucial aspect of the player’s engagement with the game object, defining it as resulting from the tension between the player’s drive towards mastery and the mystery resulting from the essential unknowability of the game object..

Self-Reflexivity and Humor in Adventure Games

by Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone

This article focuses on the “adventure game” genre, its metafictional humor, and tendency towards self-parody in both its formative stage and its more recent ensuing nostalgic turn, with particular reference to Zork (Infocom, 1980), LucasArts’ Monkey Island games (1990-2000), and Telltale’s parodic-nostalgic “Reality 2.0” (Sam and Max, 2007).

Book Reviews

A Manifesto, With Footnotes. A Review of Miguel Sicart’s “Play Matters”

by Sebastian Deterding

Play Matters (2014) by Miguel Sicart. Cambridge, MA, London: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262027922. 176 pp.

Jørgensen’s “Gameworld Interfaces”

by Hans-Joachim Backe

Kristine Jørgensen (2013). Gameworld Interfaces. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-26202686-4. 181 pages.

Call For Papers

Game Studies Special Issue: “WAR/GAME”

by Guest Editors – Pötzsch & Hammond

Video games are an important sector of the global entertainment industry and AAA titles often have budgets and audiences similar to those of major Hollywood productions. Many of the commercially most successful games are war-themed titles that play out in what are framed as authentic real-world settings inspired by historical events.


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