Cross-Cultural Game Studies
In Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, Newton Lee (Ed.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 1–6.
Cross-cultural game studies aim to compare and clarify differences and similarities of games and culture across two or more cultures on a regional or national level. The elements of culture in game studies are understood as a shared way of think- ing, behavior, language, value, belief, and gaming practices, which surround game cultures in the form of games as cultural artifacts, or as parts of subcultures formed by specific communities. Cur- rent cross-cultural game studies investigate and compare game contents, game markets, the gam- ing industry and production, player behavior as well as game and player interaction. Methods range from qualitative analyses, such as compar- ative case studies, literature reviews, empirical interviews, and text analysis, to quantitative methods of surveys, statistical tests, and natural language processing. The perspective of studying games and their surrounding contexts from cross-cultural lenses has potential to expand new findings and knowledge on video games and culture.
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