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dc.contributor.advisorCiccoricco, David
dc.contributor.authorTregonning, James
dc.date.available2019-03-19T00:49:46Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.citationTregonning, J. (2019). God in the Machine: Depicting Religion in Video Games (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9119en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/9119
dc.description.abstractThis thesis shows that Dark Souls uses representations of fictive religion to comment on real religion. These representations are rooted in the affordances of the video game medium, meaning that even as Dark Souls comments on real religion it also comes up against the limits and particularities of its own form. I argue this case with reference to three aspects of fictive religion found in Dark Souls: religious architecture, religious violence, and religious sacrifice. Individually, none of these aspects are exclusively religious. Architecture and violence exist outside of religion, and so does sacrifice, taken in a broad sense. Thus for Dark Souls real religion is not treated as existing in some sealed vacuum isolated from other areas of human life. It has cultural, political, and economic dimensions, and part of the commentary offered by Dark Souls examines those interconnections. A study of Dark Souls thus informs our understanding of the capacity of video games to engage meaningfully with topics such as religion, as well as perhaps suggesting certain structural similarities between religion and video games.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectDark Souls
dc.subjectvideo games
dc.subjectcomputer games
dc.subjectreligion
dc.titleGod in the Machine: Depicting Religion in Video Games
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-03-18T23:28:30Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish and Linguistics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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