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Subject/Keyword
Marshall McLuhan
videogames
game studies
hot and cold media
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Klassen, James R
Supervisor and department
Harvey Quamen (English & Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Sean Gouglas (History & Classics)
John Simpson (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-04-01T13:36:06Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study examines the nature of the medium of modern videogames explored through the works of Marshall McLuhan. I use McLuhan’s themes of hot and cold media, retribalization, and technology as a force that extends human perception in order to to analyze and explore the structure and possibilities for player agency that are present within videogames. The evolution of videogames into what McLuhan would identify as a very cool medium is an important part of his belief that technology is a motivator of cultural retribalization. I propose, therefore, that McLuhan’s theories should be included within the field of game studies as an additional framework with which we may discuss the medium.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3N87361K
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