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Keynote presentation prepared for Under the Mask 2011, University of Bedfordshire, 3rd June 2011. ...

Keynote presentation prepared for Under the Mask 2011, University of Bedfordshire, 3rd June 2011.
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  • 1. Jason RutterSchool of Mass Communications ResearchCatholic University of LeuvenLeuven 3000BelgiumJason.Rutter@soc.kuleuven.beFinding Gamersin 140 charactersTalk of games on Twitter
  • 2. Not all players are gamers...
  • 3. 60 Aarseth Ludology 45 Juul Player/s 30 Crawford Exp 15 Psychology Barlett & Anderson Sociology Bushman & Gibson Bryce & Rutter 0 0 15 30 45 60 Gamer/sAarseth, E. 2003. ‘Playing Research: Methodological approaches to game analysis’Barlett, C.P. and Anderson, C.A., 2009. ‘Violent video games and public policy’Bushman, B. J., & Gibson, B., 2011. ‘Violent video games cause an increase in aggression long after the game has been turnedoff’Bryce, J. and Rutter, J., 2003. ‘Gender dynamics and the social and spatial organization of computer gaming’Crawford, G., 2006. ‘The cult of Champ Man: The culture and pleasures of Championship Manager/Football Manager gamers’Juul, J., 2008. ‘The magic circle and the puzzle piece’
  • 4. ‘The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied’ Becker, 1963: 9Becker, H., 1963. Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance
  • 5. gamer‘The deviant is one to whom that label has successfully been applied’
  • 6. The concept of a ‘magic circle,’ which is based on a clear separation between ‘play reality’ and ‘everyday reality,’ does not apply. For these gamers, digital play was often a routine activity intertwined with other everyday routines. Kallio et al. (2010: 2)Kallio, K.P., Mayra, F. and Kaipainen, K., 2010. ‘At least nine ways to play:Approaching gamer mentalities’, Games and Culture
  • 7. For these gamers, digitalplay was often a routine activity intertwined with other everyday routines.
  • 8. Harvey Sacks Erving Goffman Harold Garfinkel
  • 9. ‘organized artful practices of everyday life.’ (Garfinkel, 1986: 309)Garfinkel, H., 1967. Studies in Ethnomethodology
  • 10. Not all players are gamers...All #Portal2 single player campaign achievementsdone... Now i need @XXXXX to find some time todestroy the co-op wit meI just saved science #portal2 co-op completed.Now for single player fun to begin . . .Just finished #Portal2 single player. heheh...Hilarious! :) I want to throw out a few fav quotes, but@XXXXX hasn’t finished yet!
  • 11. Not all players are gamers...11 users of ‘player’: 12 uses of ‘gamer’ 6 uses of ‘gamer’ in usernames 1 in hashtag #gamer 1 in url 1 as ‘gamertag’
  • 12. Not all players are gamers...Hard to believe that Portal 2 players on PS3 haventbeen able to try online co op yet. Fantastic part of thegame. #portal2Watching a #Portal2 Let’s Play and this guy is acompetant player that knows when to shut up.Awesome.Scratch that about the competence. This guy have aproblem with puzzles. #Portal2’
  • 13. We are gamers - they are players
  • 14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Y4f6VtjIo
  • 15. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 16. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 17. I got #Portal2 :-) http://dailybooth.com/u/ 9ctto
  • 18. About to play #portal2 I have no doubt in my mindthat it will be good but I think the term epic needs tofuck off and dieI imagine there’s going to be a huge crush of peopletrying to play #mortalkombat and #portal2 when#PSN is turned on again. Good luck!Very intrigued by this #Portal2 game. Might have topick that one up.Watching some of the previous series’ #DoctorWho,then hopefully I can find someone to play some#Portal2 co-op with me!
  • 19. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 20. Listening and playing The National - Exile Vilify - this is for a video game soundtrack. Yup. wudr.udayton.edu #WUDR #Portal2
  • 21. For 6+ hr flight to LA. Screw the ridiculous $5 itunesmovie rentals, I’m buying #Portal2. Just hope theplane has a power outlet.#Portal2 and a nice #bourbon to end the night. Shityeah it’s cool.Fact: It is dumb to try to work to #Portal2soundtrack. Remote & controller are still sittin righthere iz too much for my puny human will#Portal2 and #Food and #LOST and #Tattoos and#Food. Awesome night. Would only be better with acutie to talk to. Heeeeeeee =}
  • 22. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 23. Just beat #portal2 http://twitpic.com/4w0aea
  • 24. Just completed #Portal2 single player on #Xbox.Fantastic game well worthy of all the critical acclaimit’s received. A 10/10 for me tooFinished #Portal2. I thought it was very good, not tooshort, but I’m slow and took a week break in middleof playing!Its late... But I’v completed #portal2! HUZAH! Greatsense of #accomplishment right now... Until I realiseI’m in work early.... #whoopsi accidentally just finished #Portal2 for the fourthtime... all in one evening. #didntmeantodothat
  • 25. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 26. To bed! But before I do, I’ll leave this here: http://bit.ly/lH7GTB No #Portal2 references here!Thank you for going down #steam. I can finally getsome sleep after playing too much #portal2 co-op.There are some interesting Portal 2 theories outthere. I love it when a game makes you considerthem that deeply after you finish. #portal2
  • 27. planning gaming doing gamingcompleting gaming quitting gaming not gaming
  • 28. #portal2 is pretty fucking brilliant! Now to watch #GameOfThrones with the honey :)
  • 29. #Finals y u no let me play #Portal2Going to try writing tonight-having the #Portal2ending theme stuck in my head won’t help, alas,entertaining as it is.I wish I had someone to play #portal2 coop with :(Hard to believe that Portal 2 players on PS3 haven’tbeen able to try online co op yet. Fantastic part of thegame. #portal2
  • 30. evaluation exclamation textual referenceuser generated content commerce
  • 31. evaluation exclamation textual referenceuser generated content commerce
  • 32. #Portal2 is a most excellent video game!Creating a new existence of “WTF!”, second only topunching god in the face for taking the last beer &pizza! #Portal2 , #Brink , #E3 n JuneWhat a great fucking game. Portal is what gamesshould be! #portal2 rules!#Portal2 is as addictive as caffeine. Love me someGLaDOS snark.
  • 33. One of the most beautifully poignant moments in videogame history: http://t.co/BR7o2i6 ( #Portal2 Spoilers)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kPyGvqNn4Y
  • 34. evaluation exclamation textual referenceuser generated content commerce
  • 35. Portaaaaal ! #portal2 #gamerFUCK. TURRENTS. #portal2SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE! #portal2@XXXXX SPAAAAAAAAAACE!!!! #Portal2#SuchANerdSpace! Space! Im in space! Space! #portal2Finishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhed! #portal2#finallythinkingwithportals
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  • 37. I will burn your house down... WITH LEMONS #portal2http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2vNuaBQNKE
  • 38. “We can continue testing for the rest of your life.After that, I may take up a hobby. Reanimating thedead, maybe.” #Portal2“Think of it not as a death trap, but as a deathoption!” #portal2To help you remain calm in the face of almost certaindeath, smooth jazz will be deployed in 3...2...1...#portal2“I know how humans make more humans and,frankly, it’s ridiculous.” #GLaDOS #Portal2
  • 39. GLaDOS & Chell http://twitpic.com/ 4vy087 #Portal2
  • 40. Ooooh they were supposed to get Richard Aoyade for Wheatley!! But Stephen Merchants pretty good too :D #portal2
  • 41. evaluation exclamation textual referenceuser generated content commerce
  • 42. RT @hydeandgeek: Portal 2s Atlas and P-body in LEGO form: http://tumblr.com/x2f2gqweqc #Portal2 #Portal
  • 43. My birthday companion cube cake #portal2 #hugesuccess http:// twitpic.com/4w0x74
  • 44. Whoah! It looks like #Portal2 is releasing theirauthoring tools? http://cot.ag/kWbasi #FBHell yes, couldn’t come any sooner, SDK beta http://www.thinkwithportals.com/blog.php?id=5443&p=1#Portal2Niiiice! Valve releases Authoring Tools for #Portal2Time to make levels with many, many companioncubes. http://ow.ly/4REy6FREE Portal 2 SDK/Authoring tools now available onSteam :-) #portal2
  • 45. evaluation exclamation textual referenceuser generated content commerce
  • 46. LOOOL http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php? i=CP201 #PORTAL2 (cc @limitedmage )
  • 47. Just took advantage of @gamestopcanada’s awesometrade in deal and got #portal2 free by trading in#oblivion and #bulletstorm :)LOOOL http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=CP201 #PORTAL2 (cc @XXXXX )Minerva’s Den (#Bioshock2) is 50% off this week!Finally bought it, as a result. I’ll get to it after I beat#Portal2. Still ... EXCITED!Get Portal2 game at http://greatgamingprices.com#portal2 #xbox@thinkgeek Where are these missing #portal2 actionfigures? These robots? We must have these figuresback!
  • 48. Tweets are not part of games but construct gaming
  • 49. Talk by tweet shares: Gaming experience Gaming process Enthusiasm Game-related resources
  • 50. Gaming practice takes places outside the games
  • 51. A ‘practice’ (Praktik) is a routinized type of behaviour which consists of several elements, interconnected to one other: forms of bodily activities, forms of mental activities, ‘things’ and their use, a background knowledge in the form of understanding, know-how, states of emotion and motivational knowledge. Reckwitz (2002: 249)Reckwitz A., 2002. ‘Toward a theory of social practices: a development in culturalist theorizing’,European Journal of Social Theory, 5(2), 243-63.
  • 52. homo economicus homo sociologicus homo ludens ‘There is nothing particularly magic about the magic circle, it is, rather mundane.’ (Crawford,2009: 2)Crawford, G., 2009. ‘Forget the magic circle (or towards a sociology of video games)’,Under the Mask 2009, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, 5th June 2009.
  • 53. Harvey Sacks Erving Goffman Harold Garfinkel The mundane has to be accomplished, renewed and maintained.
  • 54. ‘ Interconnectedness’Bigger the individual gamers More than the game Includes non-play Defines gaming as practice
  • 55. http://www.scribd.com/jason_rutter http://www.slideshare.net/Jasieboy http://madebyjase.com/ @JaseRutter @DigiplayProjectJason RutterSchool of Mass Communications ResearchCatholic University of LeuvenLeuven 3000BelgiumJason.Rutter@soc.kuleuven.be