Kingdom Hearts, territoriality and flow

William Humberto Huber, Stephen Mandiberg

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This paper explores the relationship between companies Square-Enix and Disney as played out within the games of the Kingdom Hearts (キングダムハーツ) franchise. We contrast the relationship between these two transnational companies within the franchise's aesthetics and theoretical logics over the course of the various games. We are particularly interested in the games' own thematization and problematization of concepts of globalization, transnationalism and cultural flow. The games narratively and interactively foreground the collapse of membranes that separate worlds, producing legitimate and illegitimate modes of territoriality and intermixture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication DiGRA '09
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2009 DiGRA international conference: breaking new ground: innovation in games, play, practice and theory
EditorsTanya Krzywinska, Helen W. Kennedy, Barry Atkins
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventDiGRA 2009: Breaking New Ground: Innovation in Games, Play, Practice and Theory, 2009 International Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20094 Sept 2009
Conference number: 4

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2342-9666


ConferenceDiGRA 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Franchises
  • Globalization
  • Japan
  • Role-playing games
  • Translation
  • Transmediation


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