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CfP: British Digital Games Research Association Conference 2021: Politics and Games

Videogames are intrinsically political texts, even when political messages are not explicitly presented, but there is still uncertainty on how game studies can take that into account. Within our field of research, since the earliest debates and publications, we have been interrogating interactive texts for their political messages, and aiming to establish a method for […]

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D&D and Fantasy Fiction: Giants in the Oerth

How has fantasy literature influenced and inspired the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons? How has the relationship between the two fantasy media developed over time? On 28 January 2021 we were delighted to co-host, alongside the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, a public event on D&D and Fantasy to seek answers to these […]

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What Makes a Successful Star Wars Video Game Adaptation?

The post below is an excerpt from the recently published paper, The Force Is Strong with This One (but Not That One): What Makes a Successful Star Wars Video Game Adaptation? To answer this question, the critical response to some of the best-reviewed Star Wars games is analysed, revealing a number of potential factors to […]

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Gaming: New Horizons

Update: here’s the recorded version of our virtual field trip! Join the Games & Gaming Lab’s Gabe Everly on a virtual field trip inside a playthrough of the BAFTA-Winning game Outer Wilds. ‘A jubilant adventure of discovery and peril among the stars’ is one description of the game Outer Wilds. Yet, in this distinctively alien […]

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Review: A pair of two-player co-operative board games

Guest post from William Kavanagh I’ve recently had the opportunity to review some games kindly sent in by Kosmos to the Games and Gaming lab. Here I’m going to discuss two games: Aqualin and Targi, both competitive 2-player games. Perfect for anyone locked inside with a loved one who can’t face to ask for the […]

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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 […]