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The Complete Cost of Play

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The Complete Cost of Play (Tienda española)

An Ethnography of Commercialization in Free-to-Play Game Culture

Ahmed Elmezeny (Autor)


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ISBN-13 (Impresion) 9783736974012
ISBN-13 (E-Book) 9783736964013
Idioma Inglés
Numero de paginas 248
Laminacion de la cubierta mate
Edicion 01
Lugar de publicacion Göttingen
Lugar de la disertacion Augsburg
Fecha de publicacion 06.04.2021
Clasificacion simple Tesis doctoral
Area Medienwissenschaften
Ciencias sociales
Kommunikations- und Informationswissenschaften
Ciencias culturales
Palabras claves Commercialization, Game Culture, Spielekultur, Media Culture, Free-to-Play, Digital Ethnography, Circuit of Culture, Game Studies, Ethnographie, ethnography, Online-Kommunikationskanäle, online communication channels, Spielkultur, Kommerzialisierung, commercialization, Freemium-Geschäftsmodelle, Smartphone, Konsole, console, F2P-Spiele, Bezahlmodelle, subscription payment, Abo-Bezahlmodelle, payment, Konsolenentwickler, console developers, Nintendo, Handyspiele, Pokémon, Communitie, Videospiele, Online-Spieleportal, online gaming portal, Gelegenheitsspieler, casual gamer, Spielesession, play session, user, Spielgenre, game genre, Spielstil, gameplay style, Makro-Spielkultur, macro game culture, Game Studies-Forschung, game studies research, Kulturwissenschaften, cultural studies, social, cultural, economic, political, Spielkulturforschung, Game Culture Research, Literatur über Medien-/Spielkulturen, literature concerning media/ game cultures, Unterhaltungskultur, entertainment culture, Goodgame Studios, Spielerhierarchien, player hierarchies, Kaufverhalten, players feeling
URL para pagina web externa https://www.uni-augsburg.de/de/fakultaet/philsoz/fakultat/mediareality/research/promotionen/

Free-to-play (F2P) games have been recently taking the market by the storm, proving to be both popular among users and developers. Delivering the core experience for free and functional or decorative benefits within the game for a small price (microtransactions), can these games really be labelled free? This research explores the costs involved in playing or taking part in free-to-play game communities through an 18-month virtual ethnography. Using a specific F2P browser game which is developed and published in Germany as a case example, interviews are conducted with professionals from the game company, as well as players of the game to explore the influence the payment model has on the various aspects of the game culture. Utilizing the circuit of culture (du Gay et al., 1997) as a theoretical framework, the research empirically explores all the contexts of the game culture in question, from official and non-official game content production and regulation, to appropriation and identification by members of the culture and the representation of themes within the game and of the game within media and public discourse.