MARCH 16, 2023 JNT Dialogue: Video Games and Narrative: How Virtual Worlds Move Us


Despite imagining complex virtual worlds that inspire a range of player identifications and affects, video games often continue to be analyzed as computational rather than narrative artifacts. As narratives, video games offer playable representations of our cultures, where we encounter real world fears, conflicts, and dreams in imaginary landscapes. Video games move us, as we move through them: they enable new relationships, structures of feeling, and political meanings. Join us for a conversation about the political and affective significance of dwelling in such virtual spaces with video game scholars Aubrey Anable and Soraya Murray. Taking on normative assumptions about video games and play cultures, the speakers will also discuss how they can be reclaimed for feminist and queer futures.