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The cult of champ man: the culture and pleasures of championship manager/football manager gamers

Crawford, G 2006, 'The cult of champ man: the culture and pleasures of championship manager/football manager gamers' , Information, Communication & Society, 9 (4) , pp. 496-514.

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    Abstract

    This paper considers the popularity and social significance of the gaming series Championship Manager/Football Manager. Sport-related games continue to be one of the most popular forms of digital gaming, and the series has proved to be one of the most successful of all time. Drawing on 32 interviews with game players and developers of this series, this paper argues that this series has proved particularly popular due to its 'intertextual' links to the sport of football, which allows this game to be drawn on as a resource in conversations and social networks. In particular, this paper argues that aspects of gaming, such as performativity and control, extend and cross-cut with wider social formations. Hence, the author argues that it is crucial that considerations of digital games seek to locate these within wider social and cultural patterns.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital games, everyday life, football, performativity, sport
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
    Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0557 Sports
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Information, Communication & Society
    Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1369118X
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 15:59
    Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 15:24
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450

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