Understanding Counterplay in Video Games

1st Edition

Alan F. Meades

Routledge
Published February 12, 2018
Reference - 204 Pages - 19 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138548695 - CAT# K375889
Series: Routledge Advances in Game Studies

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Summary

This book offers insight into one of the most problematic and universal issues within multiplayer videogames: antisocial and oppositional play forms such as cheating, player harassment, the use of exploits, illicit game modifications, and system hacking, known collectively as counterplay. Using ethnographic research, Alan Meades not only to gives voice to counterplayers, but reframes counterplay as a complex practice with contradictory motivations that is anything but reducible to simply being hostile to play, players, or commercial videogames. The book offers a grounded and pragmatic exploration of counterplay, framing it as an unavoidable by-product of interaction of mass audiences with compelling and culturally important texts.

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