For my Digital Artifact, I am looking to delve deeper into the community history and involvement of the game Old School Runescape in order to represent how through nostalgia and participatory media culture the game narrative has changed in order to meet the demands of their demographic, simultaneously boosting its popularity. The importance of this research will be to highlight the benefits of participatory culture in making and continuously updating a game.
Below is an outline of my field site which I have documented and condensed into the following categories: access, places, people, agency, motivation, inspiration and content. This field site not only consists of official OSRS resources, but manly accumulates fan resources that document the lore and history of Old School Runescape from the perspective of the audience.
I will be achieving this by uploading a YouTube video once a week, to be released on Sundays, reflecting upon any epiphanies developed through my research, with some examples including the evolution of the ‘Gnome Child’ meme as well as the events of the ‘Falador Massacre’. Below I have framed my weekly process in producing my content as well as a weekly timeline dictating my efforts in the weeks leading up to my Beta.
Here are also some links to academic and other offical resources that I wish to reflect upon while I conduct my research into the OSRS Community:
TransCoding – From ‘Highbrow Art’ to Participatory Culture by Barbara Luneburg
Participatory Media Culture and Digital Online Distribution – Reconfiguring the Value Chain in the Computer Game Industry by Sven Jockel, Andreas Will & Florian Schwarzer
Video Games as Time Machines: Video Game Nostalgia and the Success of Retro Gaming by Time Wulf et al.
Games 2.0: Participatory Game Creation by Jose Pedro Tavares and Licinio Roque
Real Economics in Virtual Worlds: A Massively Multiplayer Online Game Case Study, Runescape by Tanla E. Bilir
I’m beyond excited to upload my first video next Sunday but until then, that’s it for now. Thank you for reading and stay tuned!