Agonistic games: multiperspective and unsettling games for a social change

De Angeli, D, Finnegan, D.J, Scott, L, Bull, A and O'Neill, E (2018) 'Agonistic games: multiperspective and unsettling games for a social change.' In: CHI PLAY '18 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion. ACM, pp. 103-108. ISBN 9781450359689

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Historical narratives of conflict typically revolve around heroes and villains or perpetrators and victims. However, this dichotomy of events and people into good and evil greatly reduces the extent to which the past can be analysed, explained, and understood.To truly understand the actions that lead to conflict, one must appreciate the dense network of relationships between social agents, each with their own personal motivations and ideals. A contemporary political viewpoint capturing this multiperspectivity is that of Agonism. Focusing on the characters and events, Agonism emphasises the socio-cultural interactions and relationships between all agents involved including bystanders and, crucially, perpetrators. We discuss two `Games for a Social Change' that we have developed to promote an Agonistic view: Endless Blitz and Umschlagplatz '43. We describe the games themselves, and the framework of memory studies that informs our work.

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Keywords: Endless Blitz, Umschlagplatz '43, games for a social change, CHI PLAY '18, serious games, agonistic games
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Bath School of Design
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Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 16:35
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