Archive for the ‘Performance of Play’ Category

This year’s programme has been great this far, and there’s still another day and a half to go! We’ve seen Non-Games and Other Players, plus The Big Game. This afternoon our invited presenters will contribute to Performance of Play and tomorrow morning we’ll find out what Situated Play/ers is all about. Here’s the lowdown on what you can look forward to in The Performance of Play (Friday/this afternoon):


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We’ve added six new pages to this blog, centred on the central strands of the Women in Games 2007 conference: the Performance of Play, Non-Games, Other Players, Situated Play/ers and The Big Game. At the moment the content is sparse, but in time you’ll be able to click on the links here or at the top of the page to find out more about each and to surf the abstracts and event descriptions which fall into each category.

Over the next few weeks in the run-up to the conference, we’ll be welcoming special guests, like keynoters and other notables in the women in games scene, to contribute their thoughts about the current state of affairs. We welcome comments and suggestions, so if you’ve got any please add them below or send an email to enquiries +at+ womeningames.com!

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The Performance of Play

A key dynamic of digital gaming in our post-modern climate is the active involvement of the player in the ongoing evolution of form; the player collides with the game system to create the media experience. This performance blurs the boundaries between producer and consumer in that the player simultaneously takes on both roles within the game. As a player I am both producing my experience in the ways in which I express my skill within a particular game play moment whilst simultaneously consuming the results of my actions.

The player performs the game activity necessary to build a pattern of behaviour to “progress” the game. Carrying out this pattern of activity can be regarded as a performance on the behalf of the player. All game players build a skilled performance of action in order to win the game.

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