I am not a fan, I just play a lot - If power gamers aren't fans, who are?

Hanna Elina Wirman

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to discuss one of the well-known and widely accepted characteristics of fandom, textual productivity, in relation to the productive practices surrounding computer games. The paper will show that the social and cultural aspects of computer game playing as well as games' structural and game-mechanical support for various forms of player participation give the traditional fan theories a slip. The paper aims to illustrate that it is not trouble-free to read certain players as fans just because their actions at first sight correspond to what we have usually considered as fandom. In addition, it suggests that we should look for new manifestations of fandom among players. The issues will be considered in part of the artificial division between the so-called (power/hardcore/pro) gamers and game fans. Examples are drawn specially from the productive practices within and beyond the games World of Warcraft and The Sims 2.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd Digital Games Research Association International Conference: "Situated Play", DiGRA 2007
Pages377-385
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Digital Games Research Association International Conference: "Situated Play", DiGRA 2007 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 24 Sep 200728 Sep 2007

Conference

Conference3rd Digital Games Research Association International Conference: "Situated Play", DiGRA 2007
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period24/09/0728/09/07

Keywords

  • Co-production
  • Computer games
  • Fans
  • Participation
  • Power gamers
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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