Video Games in a Culture of Convergence

Video Games in a Culture of Convergence

Written by Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen:

This post argues that the modern video game bears a unique affinity to contemporary convergence culture. Recognizing this affinity will improve our understanding of the video game as well as the media culture framing it. The post opens by discussing Henry Jenkins’ conception of convergence culture and by locating the video game in this dynamic media economy. It moves on to present three arguments supporting the main claims above. First, the video game is a kind of meta-medium comprising other, convergent media. Conceptualizing it as such will help theorists go beyond reductionist perspectives on what the video game is and does. Second, the modern video game allows for an unprecedented degree of transmedia coordination through the implementation of downloadable content. Third, transmedia storytelling is increasingly explored in video games. The medium channels trends in convergence culture whereby audiences traverse storyworlds on multiple platforms.

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Short Update – and a Thanks

Short Update – and a Thanks

This is just going to be a short blog post. As some of you may have noticed I haven’t been posting regularly for a while, which is largely due to exams. I have really enjoyed writing and posting this past semester and it makes me very happy to see the continued support for the site and my take on video games. So here is a HUGE thank you to all of you!

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