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Tuesday, August 16 • 15:30 - 16:30
Disempowerment Fantasies - The Lure and Value of Voluntary Power Loss in Video Games

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Video games are often regarded as power fantasies. Yet many releases contradict this assumption and will place powerlessness at the very core of their gameplay, such as survival horror games. This talk seeks to analyze the way disempowerment works in video games, offers a first collection of disempowerment mechanisms and sets up several theories why disempowerment in video games might actually prove to be attractive to players. These findings are rooted in media theory, game theory and sports psychology.

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Valentina Tamer

Narrative Designer, Daedalic Entertainment
Valentina “Val” Tamer is a game designer, writer and artist. She works as a Narrative Designer for Daedalic Entertainment, currently involved in the adaptation of Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth”. In 2012, she had already interned at the company to write for "The Night of the Rabbit". She holds a B.Sc in Game Design from Mediadesign Hochschule Düsseldorf. | Her studies resulted in a variety of team-made game prototypes... Read More →


Tuesday August 16, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
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