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Ambient Play

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Ambient Play by Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson
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Sep 15, 2020 | ISBN 9780262044363

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Ambient Play is a much-needed and incredibly useful book for all those interested in how mobile games, as locative and haptic activities, are intertwined with our daily social practices that occur across urban and domestic spaces. Through rigorous ethnographic work, Hjorth and Richardson delve into the exciting ways mobile games are transforming our contemporary lives.”
—Adriana de Souza e Silva, Professor of Communication, North Carolina State University
“Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson’s Ambient Play is an insightful and engaging account of the ways in which people play with mobile media, embracing the multiple forms and meanings that play takes in our lives.”
—Miguel Sicart, Associate Professor, Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen; author of Play Matters
Ambient Play looks at play and games where they actually happen—in real life! Though direct observation and study, Hjorth and Richardson open up whole new avenues for thinking about how games fit into our lives.”

—Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Media Design, The New School; coauthor of Iterate: Ten Lessons in Design and Failure

“Written in an accessible yet authoritative style, this text will be of interest to game designers and students of sociology and psychology. The case studies presented throughout are relatable, and the analysis of play as cultural practice is insightful and thought provoking.”

Ambient Play is a masterful dissection of mobile games as an unwitting facilitator of ambience in our contemporary lives.”
—Mobile Media & Communication journal

Table Of Contents

On Thinking Playfully ix
Acknowledgements xi

1 What is Ambient Play? 1
I Spaces, Places, and Bodies
2 Haptic Play: The Remaking of Touch 23
3 Domestic Play: At Home with Play 37
4 Urban Play: Reconfiguring the City 55
II Practices and Performances
5 More-than-Human Play 73
6 Waiting to Play 91
7 Watching Play 111
8 Conclusion 129
Notes 141
Bibliography 153
Index 181

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