Author: Eugen Pfister

Political Communication in Digital Horror Games

by Eugen Pfister This text originally appeared here in German. London 1918: the Spanish flu claims thousands of victims, hitting the poorest of the city hardest. Whole neighbourhoods stand empty; communist trade unionists and street gangs fight bloody street battles. While the upper class of the West End considers building…

Plague Inc. – Designing Virtual Pandemics

by Arno Görgen Fig. 1: Informational Realism in Plague Inc.Plague Inc. and Corona Plague Inc. is a strategy game that was developed by James Vaughn and his studio Ndemic Creations in 2012 – very successfully with over 120 million units sold by 2019 – for various platforms (including iOS, Android,…

Learning from Horror Games

Deutscher Text The Pandemic and knowledge transfers in digital games von Eugen Pfister In our SNF-Ambizione research project “Horror-Game-Politics” we aim to show that digital games, as an integral part of popular culture, have not only an entertainment function but also a communication function. It is part of our popular…

OF MYTHICAL CITIES, ACTOR-NETWORKS, AND AMERICAN CULTURE: THOUGHTS ON THE CULTURAL WORK OF GRAND THEFT AUTO

by Sören Schoppmeier* The following essay is the english version by the author of this earlier guest contribution. This contribution’s thesis is so inconspicuous that one should consider it more closely: Grand Theft Auto [1] is an active participant in American culture. It should be stressed that to argue this…

Games are never innocent

The following essay is based on the third part of my keynote speech at the FROG conference 2017 on October, 14th 2017 at the Wiener Rathaus. The first part „Keep your Politics out of my games!“ can be found here, as well as impromtu replies by Tobias Winnerling and Robert Heinze. The second part „On…

Panem et circenses: Bejeweled, Fun & Politics

von Tobias Winnerling*   [The following opinion piece was written by Tobias Winnerling in response to my essay „Keep your politics out of my games!“ -EP]  „All things considered, it looks as though Utopia were far closer to us than anyone, only fifteen years ago, could have imagined. Then, I…