Playing in the darkness: video games and the dystopian imagination

Playing in the darkness: video games and the dystopian imagination

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 20th Nov 2019

 Free

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Over the past half century, computer and video games have taken us to all manner of imaginary realms. Alongside the colourful kingdoms of Mario and Pokemon, games have frequently explored dark and dystopian places. From alien attacks in Space Invaders (1978) and Berzerk (1980) through to the collapse of civilisation in modern Far Cry, Fallout and Fortnite franchises, video games have depicted a wide range of nightmarish futures. This talk reflects on what exactly these games are saying about our collective future, as well as pondering the appeal of 'playing' through our own digital dystopias.

This talk takes place at the Four Quarters bar, where visitors can enjoy playing a combination of classic arcade and console games.

Speaker: Dr John Wills, Reader in American History and Culture, University of Kent


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This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 20th Nov 2019

 Free

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2019-11-20 2019-11-20 Europe/London Playing in the darkness: video games and the dystopian imagination This talk takes place at the Four Quarters bar, where visitors can enjoy playing a combination of classic arcade and console games. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/11/20/playing-in-the-darkness-video-games-and-the-dystopian-imagination-217658 Here East,Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,London,

Location

Here East,

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,
London,
UKE20 3BS

Nearest tube and train stations to Here East

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