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I, Gamer: A qualitative study of the institutionalizing, cultivating, and socially constructing processes of computer game usage
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre for Studies of Political Science, Communication and Media (CPKM), Media and Communication Science.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Author:

Ellen Hedin

 

Tutor:

Ingegerd Rydin

 

Title:

Computer Games as Culture – A qualitative study of the institutionalizing, cultivating, and socially constructing elements of computer game usage

Subject:

Media and Communication Studies

Year:

2009

Purpose:

The purpose of the study is to explore the creation of identities related to the interaction mediated through the use of computer games. By perceiving computer game playing as a form of social interaction, searching for the relations between actors and their function, I hope to find that the social features of computer game playing can nurture a self-confident, healthy identity as well as enchancing the players’ quality of life.

Method:

The methods used are interview, narrative interview and observation.

Conclusions:

The study concludes that there is a visible culture surrounding computer games that enrich the players’ quality of life as well as enriching their personas through institutionalizing, cultivating and socializing processes.

Keywords:

Computer, computer game, usage, online culture, communication, gaming, play, dota, gamer, popular culture, reception, young adults, new medium, modern technology, every-day-life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 132 p.
Keyword [en]
Computer, computer game, usage, online culture, communication, gaming, play, dota, gamer, popular culture, reception, young adults, new medium, modern technology, every-day-life.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-15014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-15014DiVA: diva2:410765
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