As I promised last time, I am going to write a bit about my personal encounters with video game monsters. A part of my project is empirical research into how players experience and interact with in-game monsters. A logical preparatory Continue reading Monster diary, part 2: Reflections on the monsters of my youth
Hello! My name is Jaroslav and I joined the GTA team in July to research video game monsters. Throughout the project, I will share my ideas and experiences on the blog. In many ways, this has been a dream project of Continue reading Monster diary, part 1: Why study video game monsters?
When I read through my journal from a few months back, I find them filled with thick descriptions of brutal and erotic caresses, of rough scaly skin and a deluge of sweat, tears, blood, and semen. There are explicit descriptions Continue reading The Beast or: What I Learned from my Brief Stint in Bestiality
I’m proud to announce that the first academic publication based in research conducted in the Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project now is published in a special issue in Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research on war games! Game Continue reading First project publication now online!
It should be easy to argue that a violent death is transgressive; that murder is a transgression is pretty obvious, but the depiction and the “virtual” experience of it is a lot more complicated. Fiction is saturated with gruesome death Continue reading The death of a cleric
Because games often evoke strong emotions regardless of their aesthetic quality, we want to offer a distinction that can make it possible to discuss the aesthetics and poetics of disturbing and provocative games without resorting to normative or moral arguments. Continue reading Games and Transgressive Aesthetics: A Manifesto
Even with only four people the interview room feels crowded. Two stern, bearded men sit behind the desk, interrogating the young girl from Afghanistan sitting in from of them. She’s shrinking in her chair, while they bombard her with their Continue reading Refugees welcome
Here are some of the books on my project reading list: Bogost, Ian: Persuasive Games. MIT Press Bogost, Ian: How to do things with video games. Minnesota University Press Cashell, Kieran: Aftershock. The Ethics of Contemporary Transgressive Art. I.B. Tauris. Continue reading Reading List
When we started planning this project, we were debating the terminology that best describes the kind of content that we were interested in. Working with the anthology The Dark Side of Game Play: Controversial Issues in Playful Environments, the editors Continue reading Transgressive vs. subversive
Games are both art and entertainment. As entertainment they don’t necessarily aim to make us think, but are mainly a pastime where players can have some fun and challenge. As art, however, they may have an agenda of raising appreciation Continue reading A short introduction to transgressive aesthetics in games