PAX Prime 2013 – Crafting Minecraft: The Future of Gaming is Open Source Culture

Video game fan communities have a strong history of co-production with official game developers, through mods, bug testing, and community feedback. One possible future is expanding upon this participation to include players in the ongoing development of a game.

Minecraft, of course, epitomizes that process: as soon as the game launched in alpha, players contributed thousands of mods and ancillary content to the franchise, so that Mojang had to pay attention.

Based on a year-long ethnographic study, Ph.D. student Alex Leavitt presents an in-depth exploration of how Minecraft players navigate participation in the game’s ever-expanding world and how Minecraft has evolved over the past few years as “open source” culture.

Panelists: Alex Levitt [Senior Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Twitter]

Source: mmoreportnetwork

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