Productive players: online computer games' challenge to conventional media forms
Humphreys, Sal (2005) Productive players: online computer games' challenge to conventional media forms. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 2(1), pp. 37-51.
The online multi-user game is an exemplar of the emergent structures of interactive media. Social relationships and community networks are formed, and developer/player relationships are negotiated around ongoing development of the game features and player created content. The line between production and consumption of the text has become blurred, and the lines between social and economic relationships must be redrawn. This article explores these relationships, using EverQuest as a case study. It suggests that the dynamic, mutable, and emergent qualities of the online multiplayer game exceed the limits of the reifying processes embodied by copyright law and content regulation regimes.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Massive Multiplayer Online Games, Regulation, Production, Intellectual Property, Players|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2005 Taylor and Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||First published in Journal of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 2(1):pp. 36-50.|
|Deposited On:||17 Oct 2006 00:00|
|Last Modified:||17 Sep 2010 01:32|
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