112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games I

Session Chair: 
Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Christopher Weinberger, San Francisco State University
    By first surveying reception histories of the video games Assassin’s Creed, Portal, and Bioshock, and then tracing the mutual challenges and inconsistencies that arise through comparison to what more purely literary approaches yield, I demonstrate that these games make ethically productive demands on players and critical methodologies themselves.  I propose that we consider “surface playing” an instructive model of responsiveness to immersive aesthetic experience.
  2. Lisa Brown Jaloza, University of California, Riverside
    Drawing upon theorists/scholars including Henry Jenkins, Jane McGonigal, and Colin Milburn, this paper explores video games as a storytelling medium and the ways in which they remain distinct from their oral and text-based counterparts. Games to be examined include Gone Home, L.A. Noire, and The Wolf Among Us.
  3. Timurhan Ecarma Vengco, San Francisco State University
    This paper will argue that Joel’s position as a dominant, male protagonist in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us prevents Ellie, his companion, from finding her own agency, independence, and power as a female protagonist, despite her abilities in combat and survival in this post-apocalyptic, zombie-narrative.
Session Cancelled: