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Understanding Counterplay in Video Games

1st Edition

By Alan F. Meades


204 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book offers insight into one of the most problematic and universal issues within multiplayer videogames: antisocial and oppositional play forms such as cheating, player harassment, the use of exploits, illicit game modifications, and system hacking, known collectively as counterplay. Using ethnographic research, Alan Meades not only to gives voice to counterplayers, but reframes counterplay as a complex practice with contradictory motivations that is anything but reducible to simply being hostile to play, players, or commercial videogames. The book offers a grounded and pragmatic exploration of counterplay, framing it as an unavoidable by-product of interaction of mass audiences with compelling and culturally important texts.

Table of Contents

1. Oppositional Play and the Discourses of Legitimacy 2. Watching from Beyond – The Challenges of Studying Oppositional User Generated Content 3. Griefing – Dominating and Controlling other Players 4. Glitching – (Bending) Finding, Sharing and Using Videogame Exploits 5. Hacking – The Production of Modified Consoles 6. Modding and System Hacking - The Utilisation of Modified Consoles 7. Contextualising Oppositional Play

About the Author

Alan F.Meades is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

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.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
GAMES / Video & Electronic
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Methodology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies