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Collective play in a LAN house in Brazil

Carla Barros, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil

barros.carla@uol.com.br

In a study conducted in a LAN house [the common term for a LAN gaming center in Brazil] in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a certain factor drew my attention – the way in which the boys who frequent the LAN house play games in a way that is very different from that expressed in the concept of the relationship individual-machine. What I observed was a type of collective game, which revealed the need for us to have a broader view of the context in which the communication mediated by computer takes place, to not run the risk of thinking of the phenomenon of the Internet in a highly restricted manner.…

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