On political activism in digital games

Daniel Cermak-Sassenrath

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This article investigates how players of digital games apply their own play with
the intent to transmit political messages to other players. Acts of activism are collected from a sample of commercial multiplayer online games; three taxonomies are proposed of which one is used to present the findings, and popular patterns or structures of activism are identified. It is found that in-game activism often takes its cue from activism in everyday life, but that some original topics emerge, for example, the ownership of virtual worlds and practices of in-game political activism such as novel forms of rallies. Current political activism often appears to utilize generic and widely-shared game mechanics, rather than mechanics specific to individual games or genres. Games are therefore selected for their topics, availability, and costs, and popularity with the target audience.
TidsskriftMedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research
Udgave nummer64
Sider (fra-til)87-115
StatusUdgivet - 2018


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