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Exploring game grammars: a sociosemiotic account of young people’s game-making practices

De Paula, B; (2021) Exploring game grammars: a sociosemiotic account of young people’s game-making practices. Visual Communication 10.1177/14703572211027214. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between young people’s game-making practices and meaning-making in videogames. By exploring two different games produced in a game-making club in London through a multimodal sociosemiotic approach, the author discusses how semiotic resources and modes were recruited by participants to realize different discourses. By employing concepts such as modality truth claims and grammar, he examines how these games help us reflect on the links between intertextuality, hegemonic gaming forms and sign-making through digital games. He also outlines how a broader approach to what has been recently defined as the ‘procedural’ mode by Hawreliak in Multimodal Semiotics and Rhetoric in Videogames (2018) can be relevant for promoting different and more democratic forms of meaning-making through videogames.

Type: Article
Title: Exploring game grammars: a sociosemiotic account of young people’s game-making practices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/14703572211027214
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14703572211027214
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 by SAGE Publications. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: digital games, game-making, grammar, modality, multimodality, procedural mode, social semiotics, videogames
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134777
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