Convergence

Authored by: Robert Alan Brookey

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510

10.4324/9780203114261.ch35

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Abstract

The term “convergence” is a buzzword, a term that is often overused and sometimes misused. Convergence, boiled down to its common meaning, refers to acts of meeting, or coming together. More recently the term has been used to refer to the alignment and overlap of digital information and services. For example, cable providers and telecoms offer consumers the option to combine telephone, cable, and Internet services into the same package, and often encourage this bundling in their promotions. Media convergence also often refers to the repurposing and redistribution of content across different delivery platforms, and here the waters get a bit muddy, because these particular practices predate the digital technologies that facilitate convergence today.

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