Gamasutra’s Article, “Beyond Play: Analyzing Player Generated Creations“, by Aldo Tolino, has an interesting break down of the external creations fans create.

The author categorizes them into 6 separate ideas: Competition, Construction, Expression, Performance, Community, and Documentation. While the extended definitions clarify this breakdown, I felt that some parts of fandom overlap too much to place into one category or cannot be placed because people have different reasoning behind their creations. Competition can be fairly straight forward to place, but things like Construction and Performance are a bit more difficult. And in some ways, I felt that Community is stretching things a bit, as some games do encourage communities to build within the game itself. Communities are not unique to gaming culture, so I don’t know how much it could be called a ludic artifact. Documentation, such as recording adventure stories and logs, could just as easily be placed in Expression or Construction. While interesting to look at, I think in some ways the categories are a bit too overlapping to accurately describe what is being created.

Ludic artifacts visualized

Ludic artifacts visualized

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