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Title
Making complexity measurable in practice : a formal analysis of gamble-play media
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Abstract
Over the past decade, videogames have become increasingly gambling-like in their design. Scientific and regulatory attempts to unravel such design seem particularly oriented towards the effects and regulatory treatment of paid-for loot boxes, favoring either measurability or complexity. Departing from gamble-play theory, this paper, therefore, attempts to make complexity measurable in practice. We conduct a formal analysis of 20 videogames that include loot boxes, social casino games, optional gambling-themed activities and token wagering by identifying and mapping interactions between their features. Having uncovered 51 features across 11 categories, we then reinterpret previously established notions of gambling. In doing so, we aim to contribute to a future-proof understanding of gambling in videogames.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Games and culture. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Thousand oaks : Sage publications inc , 2023
ISSN
1555-4120
DOI
10.1177/15554120231175615
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-27
ISI
001075245700001
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 30.10.2023
Last edited 22.11.2023
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