Tampere Seminar

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.

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