‘It’s in the game’: sport fans, film and digital gaming

Crawford, G ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7499-3864 2008, '‘It’s in the game’: sport fans, film and digital gaming' , Sport in Society, 11 (2/3) , pp. 130-145.

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This essay compares the relative successes of sport-related films and sport-related digital games. Where sport-related films are relatively infrequent and even rarer successful when compared with other genres of film, sport-related games are a massively popular and successful genre of digital gaming. In order to understand this discrepancy, and in particular sport fan’s relationship with both film and games, this essays draws on the concept of ‘narrative’ and specifically Ricoeur’s ‘narrative identity’. In particular, this essay suggests that sport teams/clubs are to some degree polysemic texts, which allow supporters to construct their own individual narratives around these. However, it is suggested that sport-related films, which tend to offer only limited narratives, are unlikely to fit with fans’ own narrative identities, whereas digital games, with their more fluid narratives, are more easily located within fans’ relationships and narratives with the teams/clubs they support.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Sport in Society
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1743-0437
Depositing User: G Crawford
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 11:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 09:07
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2714

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