Introduction

This is the blog for the public seminars for the School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University. K3 consists of several disciplines, including Communication for Development, English Studies, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media and Communication Studies, Stage Production, Product Design, and Visual Communication, which make it helpful to share a platform aiming at generating discussions across these various practices. The seminars are opportunities for both K3-based researchers and external guests to present and discuss their works.

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Bernard Perron: A Question of Genre Labeling. Horror, Survival Horror or Scary Video Games?

Welcome to the last K3 seminar before Christmas. This time Bernard Perron, Professor of Cinema, Université de Montréal, will take about horror video games under the heading of:

A Question of Genre Labeling: Horror, Survival Horror or Scary Video Games?

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, December 20 at 10.15-12.00 in room NIC 0541(the K3 Open Studio), Niagara.

Here is an abstract for the talk:

As we could easily think that a generic study of horror in the video game would be simple because an idiom was coined in mid-1990s to characterize these games – the “survival horror”, things are more complicated than that. Based on the research, and even on the title of my forthcoming book The World of Scary Video Games: A Study in Videoludic Horror, this seminar will reflect on the ways we talk about this video game genre. It will underline once again how the notion of genre needs to be viewed as a discursive phenomenon aiming over time to encompass the temporary crystallization of a common cultural consensus.

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