The magic circle and the mobility of play

Moore, Christopher 2011, The magic circle and the mobility of play, Convergence, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 373-387, doi: 10.1177/1354856511414350.

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Title The magic circle and the mobility of play
Author(s) Moore, Christopher
Journal name Convergence
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 373
End page 387
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1354-8565
Keyword(s) games
magic circle
Summary Convergent media and communication technologies have changed what it means for games to be mobile, but play has a mobility of its own that often goes unacknowledged. This article draws together emerging theory from debates in game studies on the separation of the experience of gameplay from the everyday. It examines the metaphor of the ‘magic circle’ and analyses how play, as a mode of experience, is mobilized across dimensions of hardware and software, extending the functions of games beyond the imagining of designers and manufacturers. The article considers what the mobility of play indicates for the player in the creation and management of identity online in the light of game studies consolidation of the magic circle through Goffman’s Frame Analysis. It sees new opportunities in the play of Zombie Media and the role of digital game artifacts in the presentation of the gamer persona, recasting Benjamin and Baudelaire’s flaˆneur as the ‘gameur’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1354856511414350
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage Publications
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