Playful Fandom: Gaming, Media and the Ludic Dimensions of Textual Poaching

Orion Mavridou


This paper discusses the idea that fandom, as the collection of activities and behaviours relating to the fan identity, has a ludic dimension, and that said dimension merits individual inquiry from a game-studies perspective. Furthermore, it is argued that there is mutual benefit in exploring the intersection between fan studies and game studies, which has so far been overlooked in research, design and direction.


games research, fandom research, interdisciplinarity, fans, fandom, games, gamers, play

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Published by the Digital Games Research Association.