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]