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Carving A Walled Village To Imprison Friends : Mechanical Solidarity In The Cyberspace Of Ingress, Leung-Sea, Lucia Siu Jul 2014

Carving A Walled Village To Imprison Friends : Mechanical Solidarity In The Cyberspace Of Ingress, Leung-Sea, Lucia Siu

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This paper is an ethnographic account of the mobile gaming community of Ingress, a global game developed by Google that runs on mobile phones. Gamers from two factions have to travel, cooperate and combat across actual geographical space to play. The paper investigates: (1) New hybrid forms of physical-cyber interactions, such as urban flash mobs who unanimously stare at mobile phone screens, paramilitary hierarchy mobilized by communication channels, and loyalty by screen-name identities. (2) The strategy and behaviour of a group of gamers from the satellite town of Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. The group has a subculture that glorifies self-sacrifice ...