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Title: Talking about games: gamers' digital communication spaces as the object of study
Author: Sanz Martos, Sandra  
Martínez Martínez, Sílvia
Creus, Amalia Susana
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: YouTube
communication
community
gamers
gaming
learning
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2018
Publisher: Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
Citation: Sanz-Martos, S., Martínez Martínez, S. & Creus, A. (2018). Talking about games: gamers' digital communication spaces as the object of study. Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies, 10(2), 231-245. doi: 10.1386/cjcs.10.2.231_1
Also see: https://doi.org/10.1386/cjcs.10.2.231_1
Abstract: In the digital environment, gaming is one of the activities that has generated the greatest number of fans. What is more, gaming becomes a topic of conversation between gamers/users, who leverage the potential of different communication platforms to research, collaborate, share tips and even boast of their achievements. This article seeks to describe and analyse how these gamers' communication environments work, on the basis of the inherent characteristics of communities of interest, learners and practice. Through examination of the activities on gaming forums for two highly popular massively multiplayer online games -League of Legends and Minecraft- and the exchange of comments between viewers of leading Spanish YouTubers like RevenantL0L and Vegetta777, we analyse users' behaviour, the amount and content of messages and compare the structures and workings of the two environments.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/118006
ISSN: 1757-1898MIAR
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