Trailer Literacy: Discussing Representativity in Video Game Trailers

Check out the Watching the Trailer blog for my thoughts on representativity in video game trailers: Trailer Literacy: Discussing Representativity in Video Game Trailers.

Apart from the recent controversy about No Man's Sky promotion (inluding the Advertising Standards Agency's investigation), it briefly covers another notable case of Killzone 2 and tackles the issues of video game trailer literacy, footage disclaimers and the socially constructed nature of representativity in video game promotion.

Watching the Trailer is an online hub for academic and industry-based research and opinion on the 'coming attraction' film trailer. It is run by Frederick Green, Keith M. Johnston and Ed Vollans. Its empirical work is focused on audience reception of trailers.


Historicizing Video Game Series through Fan Art Discussions

"New Worlds" by velladonna
The new issue of fan studies academic journal Transformative Works and Cultures (Vol 22) is out now. Among other articles, it also includes my article (co-authored with Tereza Krobová) about everyday history and historical discourses in fan art discussions of Mass Effect Trilogy and Tomb Raider series. The whole article entitled Historicizing video game series through fan art discourses is available to read online for free thanks to the public access policy of the journal. It features analyses of fan discussions on DeviantArt of all-time favorite pieces of fan art inspired by Mass Effect and Tomb Raider and also selected discussions of fan art pieces created short after the unveiling of the newest installments in both franchises at E3 - Andromeda (upcoming) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015). I would like to thank the editors and reviewers for their helpful comments and to fan artists velladona and James--C for the permission to use their artworks in the article.


Platform Studies, Computational Essentialism, and Magic: The Gathering

The new issue of Analog Game Studies is out now. Among other articles, it also includes my essay Platform Studies, Computational Essentialism, and Magic: The Gathering, in which I deal with the social and culutral aspects of the game and contest the platform studies framework that often takes such social forces for granted and emphasizes hardware and software aspects of platforms.


“Footage Not Representative”: Redefining Paratextuality for the Analysis of Official Communication in the Video Game Industry

The edited volume Contemporary Research on Intertextuality in Video Games was just published by IGI Global. Among the chapters which cover various transtextual and intertextual relationships, there is also my proposed update of the Genettian paratextual framework in the context of video game industry - Footage Not Representative”: Redefining Paratextuality for the Analysis of Official Communication in the Video Game Industry.

In the chapter, I provide a critique of the current typology of texts based on relationships of so-called textual transcendence. I argue that the term paratext is reductive because it simplifies the complex relationships and connections between texts and socio-historical realities - paratexts often feature different types of textual relatioships and they should be seen as texts in their own right, not just as subordinate promotional materials. Thus, I propose a more nuanced inquiry into paratextuality that examines the consitituents of paratextual relationships (redefined as links or connections between a text and the socio-historical reality) without labeling whole parts of textual systems as paratexts. Apart from the redefinition, the chapter includes four case studies of video game paratextuality: trailers for Mass Effect Andromeda, infographics of Evolve, website presentation of the Borderlands series and patch notes for Destiny.  


Analog Game Studies: Volume I

The first volume of the Analog Game Studies journal was just published by the ETC Press. The full book can be downloaded for free here in PDF or purchased in a paperback form at Lulu. Among other articles and essays on analog games, there is also my piece on board game errata as paratexts which was previously published in the online journal in 2014. The volume was edited by Aaron Trammell, Evan Torner and Emma Leigh Waldron.

Analog Game Studies is a bi-monthy journal for the research and critique of analog games. It defines analog games broadly and includes work on tabletop and live-action role-playing games, board games, card games, pervasive games, game-like performances, carnival games, experimental games, and more.