Feminist Games

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Tag: textual analysis



“Agency, then, goes beyond both participation and activity. As an aesthetic pleasure, as an experience to be savored for its own sake, it is offered to a limited degree in traditional art forms but is more commonly available in the structured activities we call games. Therefore, when we move narrative to the computer, we move it to a realm already shaped by the structures of games. Can we imagine a compelling narrative literature that builds on these game structures without being diminished by them? Or are we merely talking about an expensive way to rewire Hamlet for the pinball machine?” (382)
  • Navigation 1: Story in the Maze
  • Navigation 2: Rapture of the Rhizome
  • Giving Shape to Anxiety: “Violence Hub”
  • Journey Story & Problem Solving
Janet Murray says that games, “can be experienced as a symbolic drama.” (393) Can you take the elements of an existing story and turn it into a game? Use one or more of the techniques listed above to make a new version of “The Blue Umbrella” (http://vimeo.com/93015909) that gives the “interactor” agency in the construction of a narrative.

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conceptual skeleton

Foreclosing Possibility in Virtual Worlds:
An Exploration of Language, Space, and Bodies
in the Simulation of Gender and Minecraft

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This thesis is a textual analysis and discourse analysis that examines the social and programmatic construction of the videogame Minecraft by interrogating how code, design, and fan modifications limit and facilitate play in and outside the game. This thesis will argue that the constitution of gender—and subjectivity, more broadly—is reflected in the language, space, and bodies that shape the boundaries of the virtual world. What makes a player “cyborgian” when they embody a virtual avatar may have less to do the abstraction of agency into a computerized self and more to do with the way in which humans create and maintain conduits to exist between worlds that are both digital and material.