What can massively multiplayer online gaming do for urban public playgrounds?

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Urban public playgrounds are key community hubs that support lifelong learning, healthy living, social integration, and civic engagement, but many of them are unable to fulfill their promises when emerging digital spaces such as online gaming and virtual reality challenge them. This article takes a unique stance, envisaging digital spaces as opportunities rather than threats, and employs the uncertainty principle of massively multiplayer online gaming as a lens for examining urban public playground development. Drawing upon a critical analysis of a popular playground in Australia, it uncovers several key issues that might impede urban public playground development. It argues that future urban playground revitalization should not only address these issues but should also be proactive in facilitating inter-playspace communications, transitions, and connections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWIT transactions on ecology and the environment
EditorsC.A. Brebbia, S.S. Zubir, A.S. Hassan
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning - Penang, Malaysia, Malaysia
Duration: 06 Dec 201608 Dec 2016

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1743-3541
ISSN (Electronic)1743-3541


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning


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