Book “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” now available as free pdf

Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures

Edited volume “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” (2015). Image credit: Photograph of the game I’d Hide You, Blast Theory, 2012 (courtesy of Blast Theory).

It is a pleasure to announce that the edited volume “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” has been published by Amsterdam University Press. The book is also available as a freely downloadable Open Access publication via http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=524070. Below the kind endorsements by Mathias Fuchs and Douglas Rushkoff, the Table of Contents, and the cover.

 “Playful Identities is an illuminating study on the increasing complexity of digital playgrounds, ludic media, ludic interfaces and technologies of the self. The book presents a variety of roles and identities such as: players, learners, gamblers, users, fans, role-players, theory crafters, cheaters, and digital savages.”

Mathias Fuchs, professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

“What a brilliant, refreshing, and positively playful approach to the ludic imperative. In stark opposition to the business world’s cynical application of “gamification” to productivity or even the social do-gooders urger to make games “serious,” these essays reveal and reify play as the essence of human experience. Herein lies access to the truth: the play is the thing. These are the smartest, most articulate, and up-to-date essays on this subject, by the very people creating this field of study”

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, and Playing the Future.
Contents
1. Homo ludens 2.0: Play, media, and identity 9
Valerie Frissen, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul & Joost Raessens
Part I Play
Introduction to Part I 53
Valerie Frissen, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul & Joost Raessens
2. Playland: Technology, self, and cultural transformation 55
Kenneth J. Gergen
3. Spiritual play: Encountering the sacred in World of Warcraft 75
Stef Aupers
4. Playful computer interaction 93
Daniel Cermak-Sassenrath
5. Playful identity in game design and open-ended play 111
Menno Deen, Ben Schouten & Tilde Bekker
6. Breaking reality: Exploring pervasive cheating in Foursquare 131
René Glas
7. Playing with bits and bytes: The savage mind in the digital age 149
Valerie Frissen
Part II Media
Introduction to Part II 167
Valerie Frissen, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul & Joost Raessens
8. Location-based mobile games: Interfaces to urban spaces 169
Adriana de Souza e Silva & Jordan Frith
9. The playful use of mobile phones and its link to social cohesion 181
Rich Ling
10. Digital cartographies as playful practices 199
Sybille Lammes
11. Ludic identities and the magic circle 211
Gordon Calleja
12. Play (for) time 225
Patrick Crogan
13. Playful identity politics: How refugee games affect the player’s identity 245
Joost Raessens
Part III Identity
Introduction to Part III 263
Valerie Frissen, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul & Joost Raessens
14. Playing out identities and emotions 267
Jeroen Jansz
15. Playing with others: The identity paradoxes of the web as social network 281
Jeroen Timmermans
16. New media, play, and social identities 293
Leopoldina Fortunati
17. Playing life in the metropolis: Mobile media and identity in Jakarta 307
Michiel de Lange
18. The conflicts within the casual: The culture and identity of casual online play 321
Frans Mäyrä
19. Afterplay 337
Jos de Mul
About the authors 347
Index of Names 353
Index of Subjects 359
Edited volume "Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” (2015). Image credit: Photograph of the game I’d Hide You, Blast Theory, 2012 (courtesy of Blast Theory).

Edited volume “Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures” (2015).
Image credit: Photograph of the game I’d Hide You, Blast Theory, 2012 (courtesy of Blast Theory).

Michiel de Lange
Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies at Utrecht University, researching mobile media and urban culture and identity. He is the co-founder of The Mobile City, an independent research group founded in 2007 that investigates the influence of digital media technologies on urban life and the implications for urban design and policy. Michiel is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and holds a PhD in philosophy (2010) with a dissertation about mobile media technologies and urban identities. He collaborated in a locative media art & science project (www.nomadicmilk.net). He worked for  Kennisland, a Dutch think-tank that aims to strengthen the knowledge-based society. Here he worked on several projects at the intersection of ICTs and the city, e.g. co-organizing the Creative Capital conference. He also volunteered and worked for Cybersoek, a computer neighborhood center in Amsterdam. He is advisor e-culture at Mediafonds. Michiel is on Twitter and LinkedIn.