publication . Doctoral thesis . 2012

The Sociality of Gaming : A mixed methods approach to understanding digital gaming as a social leisure activity

Eklund, Lina;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: Stockholms universitet, Sociologiska institutionen
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
This dissertation is an exploration of the practice of social digital gaming, using a mixed methods approach with complementary data and analytical methods. The main themes are the prevalence and meaning of gamers’ experiences of social gaming and the underlying structures limiting or assisting social gaming, both material and social. Applying an everyday perspective, focus is on gamers’ day-to-day practices and experiences. Studies I and II enquire into relational aspects of social gaming based on interviews and survey data. Study III investigates the relationship between game design and gamer agency and its importance for social interaction with strangers, usi...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Digital games, video games, computer games, online gaming, gender, sociality, social relationships, social interaction, everyday life, MMO, World of Warcraft
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