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The ludic takes work

Koutsouras, Panagiotis; Martindale, Sarah; Crabtree, Andy

Authors

Panagiotis Koutsouras psxpk3@nottingham.ac.uk

Sarah Martindale sarah.martindale@nottingham.ac.uk

Andy Crabtree andy.crabtree@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Games that revolve around user-generated content have been explored mainly from a ludic perspective, leaving the work practices that are entailed in content production underexplored. What we argue in this paper is that there is an underlying economy in Minecraft’s community, which plays a significant role in the game’s current form. Our ethnographic fieldwork revealed the various aspects of the work of producing in-game content, by teasing out the discrete segments of the arc of work of commissioning, creating and delivering a Minecraft map. The infrastructure this work relies on is fragmented though, with the various accountability systems in place being appropriations by the players themselves. This raises a number of design implications related to how members coordinate tasks and articulate their work.

Start Date Aug 28, 2017
Publication Date Aug 28, 2017
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Series Title Reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies
Series ISSN 2510-2591
APA6 Citation Koutsouras, P., Martindale, S., & Crabtree, A. (2017). The ludic takes work. doi:10.18420/ecscw2017-8
DOI https://doi.org/10.18420/ecscw2017-8
Publisher URL https://dl.eusset.eu/bitstream/20.500.12015/2933/1/paper_8.pdf
Related Public URLs https://ecscw2017.org.uk/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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