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Videogames and Horror: From Amnesia to Zombies Run!

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Forthcoming
Publication date10/2019
Place of PublicationCardiff
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic) 9781786834386, 9781786834393, 9781786834379
ISBN (Print)9781786834362
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameHorror Studies

Abstract

Videogames are full of horrors – and of horror, a facet of the media that has been largely overlooked in the academic community in terms of lengthy studies in the fast growing field of videogame scholarship. From Amnesia to Zombies enters into this discussion, in a sustained exploration of horror as a motif in videogames. The book engages with the research of prominent scholars across the humanities to explore the presence, role and function of horror in videogames, and in doing so demonstrates how the videogame enters discussions of horror and how videogames offer a unique, radical space that horror is particularly suited to fill. The topics covered include the construction of stories in videogames, the role of the monster and, of course, how death is treated as a learning tool and as a facet of horror.