PhD defense. Rikke Toft Nørgård: Gameplay Corporeality: the corporeal-locomotive dimension in gameplay activity and experience

NB: The time of the defense is moved to 10-13 (same date and place)

Rikke Toft Nørgård defends her Ph.D. thesis on digital games, gameplay and gameplayers entitled Gameplay Corporeality: the corporeal-locomotive dimension in gameplay activity and experience

28 November 2012, 10-13

The Peter Bøgh Andersen Auditorium, Nygaard bygn. Helsingforsgade 14, 8200 Aarhus N

Short Summary

Gameplay Corporeality: the corporeal-locomotive dimension in gameplay activity and experience

The thesis introduces the gameplayer’s bodily activity and experience as a significant, qualitative and meaningful dimension into game studies. This is done through investigating corporeal locomotion during gameplay, i.e. the gameplayer’s bodily activity and experience, in longitudinal empirical studies, across a variety of digital games and platforms, of gameplayers in gameplay. The thesis explores how gameplayers as (kin)aesthetic bodies experience the joy of doing and develop craftsmanship skills through taking corporeal-locomotive ownership of their ‘gameplay craft’ – be it in the gameworld of World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Battlefield, Rock Band, Tetris or Angry Birds. The thesis thus attempts to break new ground by investigating how being a player is expressed and experienced as being a body engaged and absorbed in corporeal-locomotive play – something that have hitherto received little attention within studies of games, gameplay and gameplayers. Therefore, Gameplay Corporeality tries to advance this new research field within game studies; a field that emphasizes the aliveness, presence, engagement and absorption of gameplayer as a corporeal-locomotive being. The studies in this thesis are among the first to explore and investigate gameplay corporeality, that is, the bodily activities and experiences of gameplayers, the corporeal-locomotive design, composition and choreography of gameworlds and the corporeal-locomotive dimension in gameplay activity and experience, as something that carries essential qualities and important meanings within it.

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