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The Evolution of Video Game Affordances and Implications for Parental Mediation


Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society Volume 32, Number 6, ISSN 0270-4676


Video games have grown in number, variety, and consumer market penetration, encroaching more aggressively into the domestic realm. Within the home therefore, parents whose children play video games have to exercise mediation and supervision. As video games evolve, parental mediation strategies have also had to keep pace, albeit not always successfully. By transposing our appreciation of parental concerns over the historical development of video games, we propose an analytical framework identifying key affordances of video games, elucidating how their evolution has distinct implications for effective parental mediation. These affordances are portability, accessibility, interactivity, identity multiplicity, sociability, and perpetuity. (Contains 1 table.)


Jiow, H.J. & Lim, S.S. (2012). The Evolution of Video Game Affordances and Implications for Parental Mediation. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 32(6), 455-462. Retrieved December 10, 2019 from .

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