Time to Reminisce and Die: Representing Old Age in Art Games

  • Rughiniș C
  • Toma E
  • Rughiniș R
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Abstract

Gender has recently increased in relevance as a game analysis topic. Representations of masculinity and femininity in games have become a growing interest for scholars. Still, little has been written about representations of aging and older persons. Starting from this status-quo, we propose an analysis of age displays in a subtype of video games, namely casual art games. These are designed to encourage reflexivity and perspective-taking on a given topic, examining the human condition and offering a critical view of society. We examine several casual art games and we discuss how they depict and model older characters and the process of aging: What are the game-based narratives of aging? How are elderly characters portrayed and what place do they take in the emerging game story? How do game mechanics model the situation of 'old age' and the process of 'aging'?

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  • Art games
  • age representations
  • age rhetoric
  • aging
  • older adults

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Authors

  • Cosima Rughiniș

  • Elisabeta Toma

  • Răzvan Rughiniș

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