Playing with nonhumans: digital games as technocultural form

Giddings, S. (2007) Playing with nonhumans: digital games as technocultural form. In: de Castell, S. and Jenson, J., eds. (2007) Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Games Research. (Volume) New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-0-8204-8643-7 Available from:

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Game studies has yet to engage with a sustained debate on the implications of its fundamentally technologically based foundation – i.e. the ‘digitality’ of digital games. This essay calls for such a debate and offers some initial thoughts on issues and directions. The humanities and social sciences are founded on the principle that historical and cultural agency reside solely in the human and the social. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies, Actor-Network Theory and cybercultural studies, this essay argues that a full understanding of both the playing of digital games, and the wider techno-cultural context of this play, is only possible through a recognition and theorisation of technological agency. Taking the Gameboy Advance game Advance Wars 2 as a case study, the essay explores the implications for game studies of attention to non-human agency – specifically the agency of simulation and artificial life software - in digital game play.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:videogames, digital games, actor-network theory, science and technology studies, game studies, automata
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:8361
Deposited By: Dr S. Giddings
Deposited On:09 Nov 2010 14:48
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 17:21

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