Video game making and modding

Elisabeth Gee, Kelly M. Tran

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26 Scopus citations


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of current literature on video game making and modding (modification). The chapter describes key game making tools and educational programs that incorporate game making, to promote student outcomes ranging from media literacy to the development of computational thinking and greater interest in computer science. This is followed by a discussion of empirical literature on game making and modding as fan practices, and an overview of new game making tools and communities that are blurring the lines between educational, professional, and fandriven game making practices. Lastly, the chapter addresses key issues, directions for future research, and recommendations for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781466683112
ISBN (Print)1466683104, 9781466683105
StatePublished - Aug 27 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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