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Wednesday, June 11 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Well Played: Religious Experience in 'Journey' and 'Final Fantasy X'

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Well Played: Religious Experience in "Journey" and "Final Fantasy X"
Kyrie Eleison Caldwell

This paper closely analyzes excerpts of two video games, "Final Fantasy X" and "Journey," to demonstrate video games’ affordance of interactive, transformative experience. The analysis applies humanist methods of inquiry and frameworks from game studies to compare mechanics, audiovisual spaces, and diegetic progression in games with theories and examples of ritual and sacred space in the real world. If presented, the paper would offer such analysis through live gameplay in order to illustrate the medium’s unique mergence of form, content, and interaction.

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Kyrie Eleison H. Caldwell

Graduate Student (Master's), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a master's candidate in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I work in the MIT Game Lab and The Education Arcade. My current research interests lie in intersectional representation, gender, and affect in games, and my background is in... Read More →

Wednesday June 11, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
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