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  • How are digital communities evolving around video games?
  • How are digital communities evolving around video games?
    Lucas Ortiz (2019) ©

How are gaming communities levelling up?

Once perceived as an anti-social pursuit, gaming now offers people a way to connect with peers around the world through streaming, forums, and social media. How do these diverse communities go beyond gameplay to support individuals in their search for escapism and creative expression?

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“So last night during the Classic WoW stress test, the AMAZING community formed an orderly queue to kill Padfoot – no pushing, no kicking off, just good old-fashioned hilarity,” tweeted Clark Downes, one of the thousands of gamers who flooded Blizzard’s servers for the launch of World of Warcraft Classic in August 2019. [1] The ‘update’, which restored the 15-year-old title back to its base version, could easily have been perceived as a nostalgia-fuelled cash-grab by the developer, but the good-natured response to long wait times highlighted how, for many players, the friendly, creative, and collaborative communities ...



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