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Digital Gambling
Theorizing Gamble-Play Media




ISBN 9781138303850
Published April 6, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book develops the concept of "gamble-play media", describing how some gambling and gambling-like practices are increasingly mediated by digital technologies. Digital gambling brings gambling closer to the practices and features of videogames, as audio-visual simulations structure users’ experiences. By studying digital gambling from media studies, videogame and cultural studies approaches, this book offers a new critical perspective on the issues raised by computer-mediated gambling, while expanding our perspective on what media and gambling are. In particular, it critically analyses terrestrial, mobile and online slot machines, online poker and stock trading apps through a selection of case studies.

Table of Contents

Preface: The VIP Lounge

Introduction. Digital gambling as media

Part I. Gamble-play theory

1. Towards a theory of gamble-play

2. Smoke and mirrors: procedural rhetoric in gamble-play

3. Gamble-play media and practices of consumption

Part II. Gamble-play platforms

4. Gamble-play and popular culture: when slots meet Hollywood

5. Gamble-play as Second Life: the case of PKR

6. Mobile gamble-play apps: a casino in your pocket

7. Gambling with markets: stock trading apps and the logic of gamble-play

Postface: Gamble-play in the societies of control

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Biography

César Albarrán-Torres is Lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Reviews

"I am thrilled to recommend a book that is essential reading for students and scholars working across gambling and gaming studies. At last, we have a rigorous, creative and thought-provoking study to help us make sense of proliferating platforms and products that are blurring the lines between entertainment and investment in everyday life. Albarrán-Torres’ concept of ‘digital gamble-play’ is quite literally a game-changer." --Fiona Nicoll , Research Chair in Gambling Policy with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute and the Department of Political Science at University of Alberta, Canada