This chaper describes the evolution of the Italian video game industry from 1970 to the late 1990s, through a sociological lens. It focuses in particular on the role played by family-operated SMEs in defining the blueprint for the whole industry; on the role of piracy in shaping not only the circulation and distribution practices, but also the production culture; and on how the combination of these two factors contributed to a structural weaknesses of the sector in Italy. Methodologically, the chapter relies on interviews with privileged informants and analysis of archival material.

Tarantino, M., Tosoni, S., Playing in the Grey Zone: The development of the Italian video game industry, in Colombo, F. (ed.), Media and Communication in Italy: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2019: 256- 267 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/142896]

Playing in the Grey Zone: The development of the Italian video game industry

MATTEO TARANTINO
Primo
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SIMONE TOSONI
Secondo
2019

Abstract

This chaper describes the evolution of the Italian video game industry from 1970 to the late 1990s, through a sociological lens. It focuses in particular on the role played by family-operated SMEs in defining the blueprint for the whole industry; on the role of piracy in shaping not only the circulation and distribution practices, but also the production culture; and on how the combination of these two factors contributed to a structural weaknesses of the sector in Italy. Methodologically, the chapter relies on interviews with privileged informants and analysis of archival material.
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Media and Communication in Italy: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
978-88-343-4007-3
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Tarantino, M., Tosoni, S., Playing in the Grey Zone: The development of the Italian video game industry, in Colombo, F. (ed.), Media and Communication in Italy: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2019: 256- 267 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/142896]
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