Playful urban spaces: A historical approach to mobile games

de Souza e Silva, A and Hjorth, L 2009, 'Playful urban spaces: A historical approach to mobile games', Simulation & Gaming: an international journal of theory, design and research, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 602-625.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Playful urban spaces: A historical approach to mobile games
Author(s) de Souza e Silva, A
Hjorth, L
Year 2009
Journal name Simulation & Gaming: an international journal of theory, design and research
Volume number 40
Issue number 5
Start page 602
End page 625
Total pages 24
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc
Abstract This article provides a historical overview of the development of urban, location-based, and hybrid-reality mobile games. It investigates the extent to which urban spaces have been used as playful spaces prior to the advent of mobile technologies to show how the concept of play has been enacted in urban spaces through three historical tropes of urbanity: first, the transformation of Baudelaire's flâneur into what Robert Luke (2006) calls the 'phoneur'; second, the idea of dérive as used by situationist Guy Débord; and last, the wall subculture called parkour. The authors present a classification of the major types of mobile games to date, addressing how they reenact this older meaning of play apparent within these former tropes of urbanity. With this approach, they hope to address two weaknesses in the current scholarship-namely, differentiating among a range of types of games mediated by mobile technologies and assessing the important effects of playful activities.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) cell phones
dérive
flâneur
gaming
historical approach
hybrid-reality games (HRGs)
location
location-based mobile games (LBMGs)
locative media
mobile games
mobile gaming
mobility
parkour
phoneur
play
playful activities
playful spaces
urban games (UGs)
urban spaces
urbanity
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1046878109333723
Copyright notice © 2009 Sage Publications
ISSN 1046-8781
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