Material Culture and Angry Birds


DiGRA Nordic '14: Proceedings of the 2014 International DiGRA Nordic Conference
DiGRA, 2014
Volume: 11
ISBN / ISNN: ISSN 2342-9666

The article examines different ways in which the research of material culture is relevant for digital games. It is argued that despite the wide adoption of digital distribution, material culture still registers as a significant component of the overall gaming culture. The paper compiles a collection of different research areas relevant for the study of games and materiality. In order to better contextualize the different research approaches, the framework is applied to Angry Birds (Rovio 2009). The different approaches, ranging from platform studies and political economy to merchandizing and collecting, highlight how a seemingly small, digitally distributed mobile game still manages to connect with multiple facets of material culture in significant ways.