Over the last decade DIY, indie and avant-garde developers have reimagined the videogame as a vehicle for individual life stories and personal experiences. Where many critics have hailed this ‘ludobiographical turn’ as a sign of the medium’s growing maturity, this talk questions the assumption that personal games are inherently progressive – while also highlighting some of the more radical work happening at the intersection of game design and life writing.
Talk given on Wednesday January 29th – Dr Rob Gallagher (RHUL) – Ludic Lives: Making Sense of Auto/Biographical Videogames
Rob Gallagher is a teaching fellow in literature and the digital at Royal Holloway, University of London. Rob’s research explores expressions of identity in digital cultural forms, from animated gifs and grime music to ASMR videos and digital games. He has written for The Guardian, The Observer and The New Inquiry, and his book Videogames, Identity and Digital Subjectivity was published by Routledge in 2017.