Architecture. In: Noah Wardrip-Fru-
in/Pat Harrigan (Hg.): First Person. New Media as Story, Performance, and
Game. Cambridge, MA 2004, S. 118-130.
Jenkins, Henry: The Wow Climax. Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Cul-
ture. New York 2007.
Jenson, Jennifer/Castell, Suzanne de: Theorizing Gender and Digital Gameplay.
Oversights, Accidents and Surprises. In: Eludamos. Journal for ComputerGame Culture 2 (2008), H. 1, S. 15-25.
Jörissen, Benjamin: The Body is the Message. Avatare als visuelle Artikulationen,
soziale Aktanten und hybride Akteure. In: Paragrama 17 (2008
hidden information. The
problem is not necessarily that the reader’s interactivity inevitably interrupts
her immersion into the story. As long as the reader’s exact observation of the
text and reasoning about the data revealed is rewarded with access to the next
segment of text, she can still feel like a real detective coming closer and closer
to the solution of the case as demonstrated by the discussed computergame
Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring. The problem occurs when infor-
mation is disclosed at the wrong time as can be expected in
Children’s Participation in the Development of
This chapter is concerned with recent computergame industry design methods
that seek to enrol children’s participation in the co-development of online games2.
This includes instances where young gamers are invited to act as beta testers of
new game features or to provide suggestions and feedback to game designers via
social media. Co-production and co-creation have become an area of growing re-
search interest in computergame studies over the last decade – particularly
selten können akademische Dis-
ziplinen begründet werden, die zu ihrem Gegenstand ein kulturelles Leitme-
dium haben. Bereits Anfang der 1980er Jahre formte sich eine theoretische
und auch (aus-)bildungsorientierte Perspektive auf digitale Spiele, zunächst
im Bereich des Game Design. Bahnbrechend war 1984 Chris Crawfords The
Art of ComputerGame Design.7 Um dieselbe Zeit entwickelten sich erste
sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliche Ansätze. Richtungsweisende Studien,
die digitale Spiele als ein neues Medium und eine neue Ausdrucksform be-
long as the
PC. Specifically designed mobile gaming devices have given a whole
new dimension to these games. That these devices can also be used as
a phone is of lesser relevance for the active gamer, for them they offer
the ultimate integration of virtual and tangible reality. Admittedly,
“computergamers” are a very small consumer group, but operators cer-
tainly made this a better word to live in for the gamers when they of-
fered them both the ability to take their games with them when they
like to leave their houses as well as to integrated their real physical
. Findings from an Explorative Interview Study on
Older ComputerGamers«, in: Games and Culture (2008).
9 Vgl. z.B. Kafai, Yasmin B./Tynes, Brendesha M./Richard, Gabriela T. (Hg.): Di-
versifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Intersectional Perspectives and Inclusive
Designs in Gaming, Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press 2016.
10 Vgl. z.B. Stein, Abraham/Mitgutsch, Konstantin/Consalvo, Mia: »Who Are
Sports Gamers? A Large Scale Study of Sports Video Game Players«, in: Con-
vergence 19.3 (2013), S. 345-363.
11 Vgl. J. Juul: A Casual Revolution.
12 CANDY CRUSH (King 2012, O
Bodies That Matter in the Pursu it of Esports
This study explores the practices and processes of embodiment in esports as it
transitions into a professional culture of play
As a practice of formally orga
nized competitive computergame play, esports is in its third decade. Tourna
ment play during the "golden years of arcades" (1978-1981) 2 saw sported
themed games like ATARI FOOTBALL3 and PONG4 enticing local players to com
pete for a small prize purse and arcade fame. These early tournaments, promoted
and documented in Atari 's Coin
May 2008, she – together with a team of
live interpreters from several countries – now provides live interpre-
tation for several museums, schools, castles, and heritage centres to
recreate history in an enjoyable and educational way. She is devel-
oping a computergame that will provide school children with an in-
teractive learning opportunity with regard to the past.
Michiko Uike-Bormann is a research fellow at the Institute of So-
cial and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg, Ger-
many. She studied Cultural Anthropology, Japanese Studies
repertoire of representational pow-
ers is its procedural nature, its ability to capture experience as systems of interre-
25 Murray focuses on intera
tems that can embody behaviorism. This distinguishes them from older media,
which could only represent processes through description but could not provide
24 Baron, J orio-
Eludamos. Journal for ComputerGame Culture 4:2 (2010), pp. 303-314, here p. 303.
25 Murray, Janet H.: Hamlet on the Holodeck. The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace,
New York i.a.: The Free Press 2016, p. 254.
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reinforced as a market choice between “playful” home computers and
“legitimate” PC’s, between “creative” Apple and “bureaucratic” IBM-compati-
ble PC’s. Rather than an interface enabling an omnipresent, hybrid practice
of play/non-play, games now refer to a booming market of individual, self-con-
tained computergame products. What remained was the creativity hypothesis
with a medial a priori.
“Gamification” has been booming for about 15 years as a diagnosis of con-
temporary journalism, marketing, management, healthcare, and science. The
penetration of work