Video Games as Culture and Experience

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A presentation on how video games are embedded into our culture today. A largely general view of things but with contemporary examples.

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Video Games as Culture and Experience

  1. 1. Video Games as Culture and Experience Dominique Gerald M. Cimafranca Computer Studies Division Ateneo de Davao University Web: www.villageidiotsavant.com Twitter: @dcimafranca
  2. 2. Sorry for the boring title. I thought I had to make it sound impressive. Because you know. Ateneo.
  3. 3. Confession: How I REALLY got cervical spondylosis last summer.
  4. 4. Actually....
  5. 5. What makes video games so compelling?
  6. 6. A lot of it depends on the personality of the player.
  7. 7. “Maybe I'll get a better score this time....” Spirit of challenge for the obsessive-compulsive in all of us
  8. 8. “How do I solve this problem?” Games as puzzles for the budding engineers
  9. 9. “What happens next?” Discovery and Story.
  10. 10. An Adventurer Is you!
  11. 11. Video games as Fiction Framework of a story... ….many branches in the narrative ...with multiple possible endings. Agency – the capacity for action – in the player.
  12. 12. “Video games can never be art.” Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
  13. 13. What is art? An an arrangement of elements in a way that appeals to the senses and shapes the emotions
  14. 14. ...experience
  15. 15. Experience => Culture
  16. 16. Culture – capacity to represent experiences with symbols... ...to act creatively and imaginatively... ...to share that experience with others.....
  17. 17. But....what about us?
  18. 18. Consumer –--------------Producer
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Video Games as Culture and Experience Dominique Gerald M. Cimafranca Computer Studies Division Ateneo de Davao University Web: www.villageidiotsavant.com Twitter: @dcimafranca

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