Video game wikis and collaborative learning

Barr, M. (2013) Video game wikis and collaborative learning. In: Social Media Knowledge Exchange Conference, Cambridge, UK, 2-3 Jul 2013,

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Social media plays an important part in gaming culture. In fact, one might argue that the networks that facilitate competition, cooperation and communication between players – such as the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live or Steam – are examples of particularly complex and immensely popular social networks. Outside of these relatively closed communities, however, there exists an abundance of player-generated, moderated and curated gaming information on the Web, much of it exposed via social media channels. The wiki (ranging from tailored installations of the software that powers Wikipedia, MediaWiki, to third party-hosted sites such as and has become the de facto online reference medium for gaming. Community-spirited gamers meticulously document their gaming experiences for the benefit of others, from simple guides (e.g. weapon statistics, character biographies) to complex theories and strategies (including maps and video captured from the games). The best gaming wikis are highly structured, providing multiple routes through the information, a variety of appropriate media and a lively discussion element.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Video games, gaming, wikis, learning, social media
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Barr, M.
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
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