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Videogames, learning, and the social context : approaches to an ethnographic case study

By Nicole Podleschny


Focusing on the role-playing simulation game SCAPE (Sustainability, Community and Planning Education), this paper proposes that potential disparities between game design practice and the meaning-making process of the players need to be addressed in a wider ecology of learning. The cultural setting of the gameplay experience, and also the different levels of engagement of the players, can be seen to pose vital questions, which are in and of themselves objects of inquiry. This paper argues that ethnographic participant-observation, which is a recognized approach in game studies, allows taking the wider ecology of learning into account to explore the various relations that shape the gameplay

Topics: 080602 Computer-Human Interaction, Computer Game Studies, Learning, Ethnography
Publisher: Central Queensland University, Faculty of Informatics and Communication
Year: 2009
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