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Thursday, October 18 • 12:00 - 13:00
Player creators as self-determined hedonists? A critical look at the reality of participatory game design

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The Games industry makes heavy use of users/players as co-creators. One argument that is used in order explicitly de-prioritizes a political economy perspective states that (1) player creators enter into the relationship with the understanding that they will work for free; (2) there is a mutual benefit as a result of the collaboration of players and the production company; (3) players enjoy their co-creative activities.

This study investigates these arguments in the light of a case study. The result shows a considerable power inequality between the stakeholders which dismantles the notion of free choice of player creators.

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Patrick Prax

Uppsala University
Patrick Prax is assistent professor in Game Design and wrote his dissertation on the co-creation of digital games as alternative media. He is interested in how players can change the games they are playing to reflect an alternative perspective to a hegemonic world view.Patrick has... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 12:00 - 13:00 CEST