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From the cybercafé to the street: the right to play in the city

Apperley, Thomas and Leorke, Dale 2013, From the cybercafé to the street: the right to play in the city, First Monday, vol. 18, no. 11, doi: 10.5210/fm.v18i11.4964.

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Title From the cybercafé to the street: the right to play in the city
Author(s) Apperley, Thomas
Leorke, Dale
Journal name First Monday
Volume number 18
Issue number 11
Total pages 11
Publisher First Monday Editorial Group
Place of publication Bridgman, Mich.
Publication date 2013-11-04
ISSN 1396-0466
Summary Historically, the play of digital games in public was restricted to certain locations such as arcades and cybercafés. The proliferation of personal, mobile, and digitally networked devices, however, has contributed to the ubiquity of digital games in contemporary culture, making them available for play anywhere, any time. This paper uses two examples to examine this recent shift to consider how play and digital games can contribute to revitalising the urban experience. The first examines the experience of playing digital games in urban cybercafés; and the second discusses the recent popular location–based gaming app for the iPhone, Shadow Cities. By contrasting the types of play that unfold in the situated but highly contingent environments of the cybercafé and the ‘hybrid’ space Shadow Cities’ massively multiplayer world, this paper argues that the historical role of play as the foundation for a vibrant and progressive city life is increasingly at stake in the shift towards pervasive, software–mediated gaming applications.
Language eng
DOI 10.5210/fm.v18i11.4964
Field of Research 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
0807 Library And Information Studies
2001 Communication And Media Studies
0806 Information Systems
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, First Monday
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives licence
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