Event: Japanese Video Games and the Mediation of Trauma

Monday, November 27| 7 pm EST| Online

22 November 2023

This talk introduces four contemporary Japanese video games in terms of how they simulate some of Japan’s biggest social and personal issues: natural disasters (Disaster Report), a declining birthrate and aging population (Catherine), nuclear proliferation (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain), and youth social withdrawal (The World Ends with You). Come along with us and investigate what some of the positive benefits are of working through a site of trauma from within a video game. See how might games teach us about Japanese culture and society through interactive frameworks different from literature and film.

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