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Game scholars Jordana Elliott and Sian Tomkinson discuss their favourite medium, video games, and the cultural and social issues that surround them, on both individual and collective levels.

Meaningful Play Podcast Jordana Elliott and Sian Tomkinson

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Game scholars Jordana Elliott and Sian Tomkinson discuss their favourite medium, video games, and the cultural and social issues that surround them, on both individual and collective levels.

    Episode 13 – Decade in Review

    Episode 13 – Decade in Review

    In the thirteenth episode of Meaningful Play, Sian and Jordana discuss their favourite games of the decade, as well as the concept of a ‘canon’ of video games – what are the best games of all time, and how is their position justified? Games:Minecraft, God of War, Pokémon Sword/Shield, Death Stranding, I Love You, Colonel... Continue Reading →

    Episode 12 – Realism

    Episode 12 – Realism

    In this episode of Meaningful Play, we discuss the notion of ‘realism’ in video games. Using a framework developed by scholar Ciara Cremin’s succinct typology of realism in video games, this episode asks questions such as what realism is (or is generated by) in video games and their construction, what forms of realism we personally... Continue Reading →

    Episode 11 – Empathy

    Episode 11 – Empathy

    Welcome back to Meaningful Play! Our second season begins with a discussion on empathy in video games. We reflect on how we understand empathy and feeling in games, and consider some of the ways that researchers and philosophers encourage us to think about these issues. We find that in many cases empathy is linked to immersion... Continue Reading →

    Episode 10 – Open World

    Episode 10 – Open World

    In the tenth and final episode of the first season of Meaningful Play, we discuss the incredibly popular open world genre in video games. Specifically, we discuss key questions and issues pertaining to the open world genre, such as what constitutes the open world genre, how the genre is generally defined in terms of constructive... Continue Reading →

    Episode 9 – Horror

    Episode 9 – Horror

    In the ninth episode of Meaningful Play, we discuss horror as a video game genre. Specifically, we ask questions such as what elements we believe constitute horror, how current academic literature conceives of horror as a genre in games (with reference to scholarly research focusing on body genre), and how horror games will develop in... Continue Reading →

    Episode 8 – Genre Theory

    Episode 8 – Genre Theory

    In the eighth episode of Meaningful Play, we reflect on our favourite kinds of games, and quickly realise that genre is quite complex in game studies. We discuss what genres are comprised of, how they are established, and how they change. In particular, we consider the role that genre has in games compared to film,... Continue Reading →

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This podcast is great. The insight and perspective comes from a place of research and experience instead of purely opinion, and that truly sets it apart from the majority of the gaming podcasts on the market. The chemistry between hosts is charming and engaging, and I’m looking forward to more episodes to come. Keep up the good work!

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