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Sihvonen, Tanja
Players unleashed! : modding the Sims and the culture of gaming / Tanja Sihvonen
Alternate Title Modding the Sims and the culture of gaming
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  GV1469.25.S563 S54 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Sims
Subject(s) Computer games -- Programming
Computer games -- Design
Physical Description 221 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Summary: The author of this informative study explores the question of what happens when players practice and negotiate computer code, various ideologies, and the game itself by modding (modifying a game) in the context of "The Sims", the bestselling computer game of all time. Sihvonen examines the technical and material specificities of "The Sims" mods, as well as their cultural context. Viewed as a manifestation of participatory culture, modding makes PC games ultimately malleable: players reconfigure the game by creating new content, altering the code and changing the behaviors of the game engine. Using a semiotic framework, Sihvonen suggests a signification process that includes representation, interpretation, investigation and experimentation with the game system and rules
Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-209) and index
Series MediaMatters

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