Talk by Poonam Chowdhury: ‘Journey and the Art of Aesthetic Storytelling’

Thatgamecompany’s ‘Journey’ (2012) is a videogame like no other. This serene atmospheric game came out at a time when fast-paced, aggressive, AAA games were (and still are) the norm. Soon after the game’s release in 2012, thatgamecompany’s courage and hard work started getting the appreciation it deserved. ‘Journey’ has won several ‘Game of the Year’Continue reading “Talk by Poonam Chowdhury: ‘Journey and the Art of Aesthetic Storytelling’”

The Vanishing Curator: Souvik Kar

Playing back to the Empire, in videogames, is rife with tensions. The imperialist sentiment inherent in reverse-colonist discourse featured in most strategy-based videogames like Europa Universalis IV, where the player could conquer Europe playing for the Marathas, has been noted by Souvik Mukherjee (2017) as playing into the colonial logic while futilely trying to challengeContinue reading “The Vanishing Curator: Souvik Kar”

What is it like to be a Gamer or pursue Game Studies in India? Riko Banerjee

Even though video gaming as a hobby and career is slowly getting recognition in India, majority of the population still scoff at the activity, shunning gamers and game researchers alike, citing out-of-context and sometimes even false media propaganda. The challenges faced by a typical gamer in India include lack of information, budget limitation, lack ofContinue reading “What is it like to be a Gamer or pursue Game Studies in India? Riko Banerjee”

Aritro Bhattacharya— The Secret Seekers, NieR:Automata and Searching for Meaning in a Meaningless World

The Shadow of the Colossus (released in Japan as Wander and the Colossus) sparked a decade long search for a hidden mystery in the game’s world by a community of Gamers who aptly named themselves “The Secret Seekers”. This real-life quest for a hidden truth mirrors the plot of another game, NieR:Automata in which theContinue reading “Aritro Bhattacharya— The Secret Seekers, NieR:Automata and Searching for Meaning in a Meaningless World”