On this ‘Perspectives on Games’ blog we will examine the ways in which games have altered aspects of how we analyse, conceptualise, and define ourselves. In particular, we will look at the ways in which games offer us new challenges to subjective engagement (i.e., how we understand mediated experiences of embodiment) and culture. We will look at how digital games have developed. Together we will acquire a historical understanding of games, and will become familiar with critical approaches to computer games. While discussing the relations between gameplay and representational aspects of games, we will also reflect on games as commodities, as we learn from our personal play experiences and those of invited game experts. We will question how digital games and our perspectives on games have shaped the way we understand ourselves and the world.

This blog is part of the course ‘Perspectives of Game’ at Amsterdam University College.

Instructor: Inge Ploum