The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on June 29th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo.
Presenter: Nicholas Hobin, a member of The Games Institute and an avid gamer
Title: Adventures in Animalia - Exploring the Roles of Animals in Video Games
Abstract: This presentation looks at the representation of animals in action-adventure video games, first broadly, and then in the specific case of Red Dead Redemption. Video games make claims about the world through procedural rhetoric: particular rules suggest particular functions for particular systems. RDR and games like it do not often make explicit assertions about the nature of animals. However, by allowing or encouraging certain kinds of interaction, they encourage the player to conceive of animals and their nature in particular and sometimes contradictory ways: as living things, as mechanistic processes, or – in RDR – as both.
Date: June 29th, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: The Games Institute, EC1, Room 1331
*Please note that this event will be overlapping with the already scheduled Coffee&Toast Social.
12:00 - 12:45pm – Speaker's Presentation
12:45pm - 1:00pm – Questions and Discussion
175 Columbia Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L5Z5