African Gamer: Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Turner, Jane (2015) African Gamer: Whose Story Is It Anyway? In Bidwell, Nicola J. & Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike (Eds.) At the Intersection of Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Technology Design. Informing Science Press, Santa Rosa, CA, pp. 35-66.

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Abstract

New Video Gamer: Africa Needs More Technology (CNN 12/12/2011)

In December 2011 CNN news service online edition (Sutter, 2011) posted a short item about Cwi Nqane, a Khoisan man who entered Samsung’s Namibian World Cyber Games (WCG) heats held at the 2011 the annual Windhoek Show. Cwi Nqane won a place on the Namibian WCG team playing a smartphone game called Asphalt 6: Adrena-line (Gameloft, 2011). Cwi was presented with a ‘top of the line’ Samsung Galaxy tablet and subsequently sent to compete in Korea. Later, other news and game news websites re-reported the incident, which inspired a variety of enthusiastic comment about tech-nology and ‘new knowledge’. Then Kotaku news service picked up the item (Narcisse, 2011) and took a very different slant. Kotaku proposed that Samsung was exploiting Cwi and had assumed the role of a Techno-Tarzan: “striding into Nqane’s homeland and swinging him off into the wonders of the modern world where they can trot him out as a curiosity”. These two perspectives on the story of Cwi’s WCG entry expose two dominant views on Indigenous knowledges and technologies: ICTs as progress for in-digenous peoples and ICTs as disruptive and exploitative. Neither position, however, allows for the claiming of digital technology by indigenous communities, indeed both views position indigenous cultures as being outsiders.

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ID Code: 90509
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Jane Turner (truna aka j.turner)
Keywords: Digital games, Software culture, Material culture, Diversity, Identity
ISBN: 9781932886993
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Informing Science Press
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2015 04:18
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 03:55

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