Online gaming, instructed actions and overlapping temporalities

By the very end of December 2021, me and my supervisor Ricardo Moutinho got published on Ethnographic Studies,

In this paper, we explore an interaction between a competitive “Counter Strike: Global Offensive” player and her younger brother, whom she is tutoring in his first match in competitive mode. At least two phenomena, intertwined with each other, are prominent in this data excerpt. One is the boy’s consistent orientation to his sister’s instructions, accountable and observable through the work of following them. The other one deals with the intricacies and overlaps of Lebenswelt (life-world) and Spielwelt (game-world) time, and how these apparently different temporalities constitute a temporal whole. Analysis suggests that communication in this instructional setting is grounded in gestalt-contextures that embrace multiple embodied forms of interaction such as talk, gesture, gaze, as well as in-game elements (such as rules to follow and goals to achieve), and how important is the re-specification of those elements as a set, not as a mere sum of individual pieces. Moreover , it is discussed how, while in a gameplay context, players use their common-sense reasoning and practices to elaborate strategies and develop skills necessary to successfully reach their goals.

Brincher, Sandro, & Moutinho, Ricardo. (2021). The intricacies and overlaps of Lebenswelt and Spielwelt during an instructed match of Counter Strike: GO. Ethnographic Studies, 18, 238–262.

This article was based on data I am analyzing in my PhD thesis as well, and it was our very first academic collaboration so far.

If you prefer ResearchGate (and I really hope you have a profile there instead of Academia.), here is the link.


Hi, there. My name is Sandro Brincher and this is a blog I created in order to share academic content related to my research interests. As I already mentioned in the About section, it includes Game Studies, Ethnomethodology, Phenomenology, and Conversation Analysis. I also promised there that I am going to share some data, but it actually depends on ethical matters, for instance. In general, I am very careful with the kind of material I share publicly, so the readers should not expect anything unusual.

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