Another collaboration that began in the same iteration of my American Landscapes course as an article about which I posted earlier today resulted in a published chapter, earlier this year, as part of The Pokémon Go Phenomenon: Essays on Public Play in Contested Spaces. A then-undergraduate student William Heili wrote the paper with me and my colleague in Geography Chen Xu. The book where our chapter appears can be purchased here.
Our contribution to The Pokémon Go Phenomenon characterizes location-based mobile gameplay as a relay in placemaking. We suggest that gameplay works to transform players’ sense of place, away from a sense of place grounded in traditional assumptions of a digital-physical dichotomy toward one informed by experiences of digital-physical convergence.
More information about our contribution can be found here. I am happy to share a pdf of our chapter with anyone who may be interested.