We Beat the Cops in GTA: Po(ludic)al Activism in the Age of Video Games
This article explores how individuals reflect on their digital experiences of actualizing fantasies to make sense of their everyday actions, particularly in the context of video gaming. Our study takes a qualitative approach to understanding the context of materializing consumer fantasies, as initially experienced and actualized in video games, and how these fantasies are transformed into material reality, through an investigation of an illustrative case of mass street protests, the 2013 Gezi Protests in Turkey. The findings suggest that digital virtual experiences in video games have obvious manifestations in the material world, as consumers travel on the borders of reality, moving back and forth into the liminoid terrain of the digital virtual, and provide a deeper understanding of how the blurred boundaries between the virtual and material are established in practice.
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
College of Business and Management
Demirbag-Kaplan, M., & Kaplan-Oz, B. (2017). We beat the cops in GTA: Po(ludic)al activism in the age of video games. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 24(6), 623-647. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856516686481