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Families at PlayConnecting and Learning through Video Games$
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Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037464

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037464.001.0001

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Understanding Oneself, Each Other, and the World

Understanding Oneself, Each Other, and the World

(p.85) 4 Understanding Oneself, Each Other, and the World
Families at Play

Sinem Siyahhan

Elisabeth Gee

The MIT Press

What is it about “play” that makes it a powerful context for developing a family identity and fostering social ties? In this chapter, we discuss how play supports families in expressing their feelings, sharing experiences, developing understanding, and making sense of the world around them. We describe playing games as an opportunity space in that they provide opportunities for thinking through what one values, desires, and cares about in the real world, and becomes a context for identity in the making. We demonstrate how families around Sims and intentionally designed video games for families support the construction, negotiation, and enactment of family and individual identities in non-threatening and playful ways between parents and adolescent children.

Keywords:   playing games as an opportunity space, designing serious games for families, family identity, bidirectional socialization between parents and children

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