Digital worlds: performativity and immersion in VR videogames

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dc.contributor.author Blackman, Tyler Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-23T18:15:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-23T18:15:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-12-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11408
dc.description.abstract Virtual reality (VR) and videogames present, enable, and constrain human engagement with what may broadly be called digital worlds. Videogames have already become a global force in popular culture. Although VR technologies have existed for half a century, it is only during the past decade that VR has become more widely accessible to the public beyond the confines of research institutions and industry use. Very little scholarship has examined the interconnections of videogames and VR as co-extensive cultural forces that shape ideas and feelings about inhabiting digital worlds. This thesis specifically examines the often-employed lexicon of immersion, presence, or feelings being inside of computer-generated contexts as they exist across videogames and VR. By analyzing 15 participants’ interactions with a contemporary VR videogame and interviewing them about this experience, I discuss how immersion, presence, or the feeling of being inside computer-generated worlds is performative and exceeds what the technology affords. Instead, engagement with digital worlds intersects with other performances, actions, and previous engagement with objects or other digital worlds to make sense of creating meaning in VR. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject digital geographies en_US
dc.subject virtual reality en_US
dc.subject video games en_US
dc.subject game studies en_US
dc.subject cultural geography en_US
dc.title Digital worlds: performativity and immersion in VR videogames en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rose-Redwood, Reuben Skye
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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