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New Perspectives on the Social Aspects of Digital Gaming

Multiplayer 2, 1st Edition

Edited by Rachel Kowert, Thorsten Quandt


210 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Expanding on the work in the volume Multiplayer, this new book explores several other areas related to social gaming in detail. The aim is to go beyond a typical "edited book" concept, and offer a very concise volume with several focal points that are most relevant for the current debate about multiplayer games, both in academia and society. As a result, the volume offers the latest research findings on online gaming, social forms of gaming, identification, gender issues and games for change, primarily applying a social-scientific approach.


"This is a timely addition to Game Studies, especially in the way it addresses issues at the heart of gaming communities at present. A strong body of complimentary chapters produce a well-rounded picture of gaming communities and the issues they face." --Esther MacCallum-Stewart, University of the West of England, UK

"As with the previous volume,this book brings together an interesting and enlightening sampler of the latest original research on social aspects of digital games from talented new scholars and established leaders in the field. An excellent survey on where research on digital games is going, and where it should go." --James D. Ivory, Virginia Tech, USA

Table of Contents

1. Multiplayer and beyond: Witnessing the evolution of gaming

[Thorsten Quandt & Rachel Kowert]

Part I: Social Forms of Gaming

2. From social play to social games and back: The emergence and development of social network games

[Frans Mäyrä, Jaakko Sternos, Janne Paavilainen, & Annakaisa Kultima]

3. Identifying social forms of flow in multi-user games

[Joceran Borderie & Nicolas Michinov]

4. Envisioning the other: A grounded exploration of social roles in digital game play

[Jasmien Vervaeke, Frederik De Grove, & Jan Van Looy]

Part II: Online Gaming

5. Multiplayer games as the ultimate communication lab and incubator: A multi-media Study

[John L. Sherry, Andy Boyan, Kendra Knight, Cherylann Edwards, & Qi Hao]

6. The MMORPG designer’s journey: Casualization and its consequences for social interactions

[Daniel Pietschmann, Benny Liebold, & Georg Valtin]

7. Multiplayer features and game success

[André Marchand]

Part III: Gender Issues in Gaming Communities

8. Sexism in video games and the gaming community

[Jesse Fox & Wai Yen Tang]

9. Women are from FarmVille, Men are from ViceCity: The cycle of exclusion and sexism in video game content and culture

[Rachel Kowert, Johannes Breuer, & Thorsten Quandt]

Part IV: Games for Change

10. The key features of persuasive games: A model and case analysis

[Ruud Jacobs, Jeroen Jansz, & Teresa de la Hera Conde-Pumpido]

11. "Resist the dictatorship of Malygos on Coldarra Island!" Evidence of MMOG culture in Taiwan’s Sunflower Social Movement

[Holin Lin & Chuen Tsai Sun]

12. Between drudgery and "Promesse du bonheur": Games and gamification

[Mathias Fuchs]

About the Editors

Thorsten Quandt holds the chair of Online Communication at the University of Münster, Germany.

Rachel Kowert recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Münster, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Game Studies

Games studies is now firmly established as a popular, important and significant area of study in the academic world. Bringing together theories and thought from a wide range of disciplines, this series features cutting-edge research addressing the major issues in game studies today.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
GAMES / Video & Electronic
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies