Archive for April, 2014

Project final report

April 24, 2014

Here is a project final report. Tricky. The work is ongoing so it is not a particularly ‘final’ final report.

The report is attached to this post as a comment.



Tampere Seminar

April 9, 2014

Here is the abstract for the working paper, for the Critical Evaluation of Game Studies seminar, University of Tampere, April 28-29th 2014. Finland.

Representations of Ability in Digital Games

This working paper outlines ongoing research into representations of ability and disability in digital games. After a brief literature review, the topic is explored through samples of game analysis. The issues discussed include affect and disability in Dead Space, embodiment, augmentation and control in Deus Ex: Human Revolutions, and the relationship between zombies, leprosy and fatherhood in The Last of Us and The Walking Dead. The paper concludes by linking the issues raised through analysis to considerations of game-world epistemologies, disciplinary status, and game interpretation.

A draft version is attached here.

Project outputs

April 1, 2014

Copies of these papers are available here.

As of April 2014, the project outputs are:

Carr, D (2014) Representations of Ability in Digital Games. Paper for the Critical Evaluation of Game Studies Seminar. 28-29 April 2014, University of Tampere, Finland.

Carr, D. (2013) Bodies, Augmentation and Disability in Dead Space and Deus Ex: Human Revolutions, for FROG Conference, Vienna September 27-28th. Proceedings of the 7th Vienna Games Conference, FROG 2013 Context Matters! Exploring and Reframing Games in Context, K. Mitgutsch, S. Huber, J.Wimmer, M. G. Wagner, H. Rosenstingl (Eds.) Vienna. New Academic Press Org. 2013, pp 31-41

Carr, D. (2013) Red Shirts and Black Holes, paper for Avoidance and/in the Academy. The International Conference on Disability, Culture and Education. Liverpool Hope University 11 – 12th September 2013

Carr, D. (2013) Representations of Ability and Disability in Dead Space and Deus Ex: Human Revolutions, for the ICA Pre-Conference on Digital Games, London, 17th June 2013

Carr, D (2013) Damage and Decorum in Dead Space, invited talk for Contemporary Fiction Research Seminar, 16th March 2013 (University of London IES seminar series)

Carr, D (forthcoming 2014) Weird Spheres, Bursting Bodies and Peculiar Tools: Disability, Masculinity and the Monstrous in the Dead Space Series, conference presentation, accepted for Diversity in Speculative Fiction – Loncon 3, 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014. London, UK.

Event: Bodies, Methods, Fields and Networks: Digital Games Research Event. IOE, University of London 27th February 2014

Event: Digital Games Research Seminar. IOE, University of London Monday 2nd December 2013