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‘More like an Arcade’ – The Limitations of Playable Games in Museum Exhibitions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6597-1738
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8086-4962
2019 (English)In: Museum and Society, ISSN 1479-8360, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 437-452Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the relationship between playable, interactive games onoriginal hardware and the representation of game culture using the case of theexhibition GameOn 2.0, often considered to be the largest exhibition of digitalgames in the West so far. Qualitative interviews with museum staff were usedin order to elicit their perspective on the relationship between playability andcontextualization. Our results suggest that play as a way of engaging with gamesas museum objects has limitations which make it necessary to add other meansof contextualization in order to afford critical engagement with digital games ascultural heritage. Play excludes visitors who lack necessary gaming skills as wellas many genres of games which need longer or different kinds of interaction thana museum can allow for in the context of an exhibition. Moreover, we show that notall games can be exhibited in the same way and that we need to adapt exhibitionstrategies to individual games and their properties and contexts.

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Leicester: University of Leicester , 2019. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 437-452
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digital games, exhibition, cultural heritage, interactivity, game culture
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Other Social Sciences Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Information Studies Media Studies
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Library and Information Science; Sociology; Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-399831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-399831DiVA, id: diva2:1379276
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2019-12-20Bibliographically approved

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