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Author Sihvonen, Tanja.

Title Players unleashed! : modding The Sims and the culture of gaming / Tanja Sihvonen.

Publication Info. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (221 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
data file rda
Series MediaMatters
MediaMatters.
Summary The author of this informative study explores the question of what happens when players practise and negotiate computer code, various ideologies, and the game itself by modding (modifying a game) in the context of "The Sims", the bestselling computer game of all time. Sihvonen examines the technical and material specificities of "The Sims" mods, as well as their cultural context. Viewed as a manifestation of participatory culture, modding makes PC games ultimately malleable: players reconfigure the game by creating new content, altering the code and changing the behaviours of the game engine. Using a semiotic framework, Sihvonen suggests a signification process that includes representation, interpretation, investigation and experimentation with the game system and rules.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Unleashing players -- Cultural and commercial appropriation -- Dynamics of modding -- Negotiating the code -- Extending the game.
Language English.
Subject Simlife (Game)
Computer games -- Programming.
Computer games -- Design.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Journalism.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
Fiction and related items.
Adventure.
Computer games -- Design. (OCoLC)fst00872112
Computer games -- Programming. (OCoLC)fst00872114
Simlife (Game) (OCoLC)fst01119099
Sport & Recreation.
Fine Arts.
Indexed Term Digital Culture
Digitale cultuur
Game studies
Gaming
Media studies
Modding
Sims
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Sihvonen. Players unleashed! : modding The Sims and the culture of gaming. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2010 9789089642011 (OCoLC)505749894
ISBN 9789048511983 (electronic bk.)
9048511984 (electronic bk.)
1283020645
9781283020640
9789089642011
9089642013
Standard No. 9786613020642
10.5117/9789089642011 doi
9789048511983

 
    
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