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Introduction: Video games are becoming increasingly important items in library collections but this has not been accompanied by metadata and cataloguing practices that sufficiently describe games in ways that are relevant to video gamers. This research asks: to what extent do the Edmonton Public...
Displaying believable emotional reactions in virtual characters is required in applications ranging from virtual-reality trainers to video games. Manual scripting is the most frequently used method and enables an arbitrarily high fidelity of the emotions displayed. However, scripting is labor...
Interactive Storytelling (IS) acknowledges that people want to be participants in the unfolding of a story plot. Given the complex nature of IS, Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods can be called upon to improve and enhance interactive stories in video games. In the past decade, a number of...
By looking at how genres names have evolved over the past two decades and tracing some of the history of literary genres I will make the case for a new way of looking at video games. This framework uses Mikhail Bakhtin’s work in The Dialogic Imagination (1981) to view video games through three...
This thesis reviews how in-level wayfinding cues in video games can be harnessed to create immersive and enjoyable game experiences. It conducts an extensive literature review of game level design, and examines how modern games guide players to their destination. Many modern games rely heavily on...
Playing with Consent: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Representations of Race, Rape, and Colonialism in BioWare’s Dragon AgeDownload
In this thesis I analyse BioWare’s Dragon Age series of video games using a modified autoethnographic method and Sara Ahmed’s queer phenomenology to explore how rape and consent are represented within the games. I find that the player embodies three roles throughout the games in relation to...
In recent decades video games have been adopted to tackle a slew of complex social problems, with games increasingly employed across health and social services. Yet the sexual violence prevention sector has been slow to adopt games as tools and little research exists to support or refute uses of...
The idea of ‘slippery texts' provides a useful descriptor for materials that mutate and evolve across different media. Eight adult gamers, encountering the slippery text American McGee's Alice, demonstrate a variety of ways in which players attempt to manage their attention as they encounter a...
SSHRC IG awarded 2020: project addresses the need to understand the differences in employment experiences and outcomes for marginalised groups, particularly women, employed in the video game industry in North America. A a staggering number of women leave the video game industry within the first...
SSHRC Awarded IDG 2017: The expansion of video games as a medium has precipitated a healthy indie game movement, and created opportunities for media artists to explore interactive art creation. However, audio and music in games is still primarily constrained to sound effects, dialog and emotive...