Howdy Pardner! : On free-to-play, sociability and rhythm design in FrontierVille

Heikki Tyni, Olli Sotamaa, Saara Toivonen

    Tutkimustuotos: KonferenssiartikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

    17 Sitaatiot (Scopus)

    Abstrakti

    Despite their rapid evolution and wide popularity social games played on Facebook have so far gained relatively little interest among academic game researchers. A close reading of the Facebook game FrontierVille aims to provide some starting points for the study of social games. The paper starts by outlining the rationale behind the economy based on virtual object sales and examines how also the non-paying players are affected by the system. Second, the paper considers the different forms and functions of sociability present within FrontierVille. Finally, the study explicates how FrontierVille both allows flexible playing patterns and actively builds particular rhythms of play. All in all, the paper argues that design, economics and playing of social games are tightly interconnected and should be studied in relation to each other.

    AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
    OtsikkoProceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference : Envisioning Future Media Environments
    ToimittajatArthur Lugmayr
    JulkaisupaikkaNew York
    KustantajaACM
    Sivut22-29
    Sivumäärä8
    ISBN (painettu)978-1-4503-0816-8
    DOI - pysyväislinkit
    TilaJulkaistu - 2011
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
    Tapahtuma15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments, MindTrek 2011 - Tampere, Suomi
    Kesto: 28 syysk. 201130 syysk. 2011

    Conference

    Conference15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments, MindTrek 2011
    Maa/AlueSuomi
    KaupunkiTampere
    Ajanjakso28/09/1130/09/11

    !!ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications

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