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Digital Heroisms Conference: Panel 5 | Embodiment & Identity

Paper One: “The New Heroism” in Jennifer Egan’s Black Box Mairi Power, University of Glasgow Bio I am in year two of my PhD at the University of Glasgow, where I am working on my thesis ‘Digital Identities: Technology and Selfhood in Jennifer Egan’s Fiction’. I am particularly interested in the changing nature and role […]

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Digital Heroisms Conference: Panel 4 | Disruptive Digital Heroes

Paper One: Breaking the Protection Stave: God of War as Critique of the Heroic Magic Circle Ruth Booth, University of Glasgow Bio Ruth Booth is a Creative Writing doctoral student at the University of Glasgow, where she uses folktale adaptations to explore susceptibility to far-right extremism. Her column for Scottish Science Fiction journal Shoreline of […]

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Digital Heroisms Conference: Panel 3 | Digital Heroism and Deviant Play

Paper One: Playing for the Legend Matt Horrigan, Simon Fraster University Bio Matt Horrigan is a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, living and working on unceded territories belonging to the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam first nations. Coming from a background as a musician, theatre maker and multidisciplinary artist, Matt’s developing […]

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Digital Heroisms Conference: Panel 2 | Femshep

Paper One: FemShep: An Accidental Female Hero Grace A.T. Worm, University of Glasgow Bio Grace Worm is a second-year PhD student at the University of Glasgow studying Tamora Pierce’s young adult fantasy world of Tortall. Her thesis covers how Pierce navigates gender, race, and social injustices in her fantasy young adult fiction. Grace has spent […]

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Digital Heroisms Conference: Panel 1 | Horizon Zero Dawn

Paper One: The Potential Effect of Aloy’s Ecofeminist Heroism on Players of Horizon Zero Dawn Todd O. Williams, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Bio Todd O. Williams received his PhD in Literary Criticism and Theory from Kent State University in Ohio, USA. He is an Associate Professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he […]

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Digital Heroisms Conference: Opening Address

Digital Heroisms is an online conference exploring Fantasy, the digital and the concept of heroism in collaboration with Press Start Game Studies journal, the Games and Gaming Lab based at UofG College of Arts, the University of Glasgow School of Critical Studies and Game Studies at Glasgow. The event was the first of its kind, […]

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On the enduring appeal of zombies in video games

The following post is an excerpt from Zombies, again? A qualitative analysis of the zombie antagonist’s appeal in game design, a chapter that appears in The Playful Undead and Video Games: Critical Analyses of Zombies and Gameplay, edited by Stephen J. Webley and Peter Zackariasson. In the chapter, assumptions about the ludic appeal of the […]

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Call for Papers – Video Games and Religion: Apocalypse and Utopia

Video Games and Religion: Apocalypse and Utopia: Thursday 19 November 2020 Call for Papers: Submission Deadline: Friday 30 October 2020 With the growth of scholarly interest in the religious and theological tropes encountered in video games, there is a developing awareness of the special valence of apocalypticism, millenarianism, and associated themes in video game narratives […]

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World-Building Via Role-Playing Games for a Collective Politics

This blog was guest written by Anna McFarlane (@mariettarosetta) As a cyberpunk scholar, there are a number of cool things that I am asked to do for work, but the most surprising so far was being asked to play a role-playing game (RPG) that speaks to my research interests in cyberpunk, the medical humanities, and […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons, COVID-19 and the Fantasy of a ‘Normal’ Life

This blog was guest-written by Gabriel Elvery The sunlight is fading, you hear the cicadas hum and the waves lap upon the shore. You’ve had a hard but satisfying day. You tended to your garden, caught a fish and even unearthed a fossil which you donated to your local museum. You have worked hard, but […]