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Playing in the Darkness

November 20, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This talk by Dr John Wills (University of Kent) will reflect on what exactly computer and video games say about our collective future, as well as pondering the appeal of ‘playing’ through our own digital dystopias. 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 takes place at the Four Quarters bar, where you can enjoy playing a combination of classic arcade and console games.

Organiser

British Academy

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events@thebritishacademy.ac.uk

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Yes


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From alien attacks through to the collapse of civilisation, video games have long depicted a wide range of nightmarish futures. This talk reflects on what games say about our collective future, as well as pondering the appeal of 'playing' through our own digital dystopias.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
events@thebritishacademy.ac.uk
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N/A
Region
London
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Venue

The Four Quarters – Hackney Wick
Unit 8 Canalside, East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London, E20 3BS United Kingdom
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Website:
http://geocities.fourquartersbar.co.uk/welcome-hackney-wick/