This article offers an overview of various approaches, which have been used to examine video game characters. In its first part I am introducing several methodological directions, focusing on: characters as functions, characters as drivers of agency, representational gendered icons, and as players’ re-embodied realisations. In the second part I am focusing on the first holistic research method for player character in offline computer role-playing games (cRPGs). The proposed Pivot Player Character Model provides a method replicable across the cRPG genre and illustrates the experience of gameplay as perceived through the PC’s eyes. It has been largely inspired by Anne Ubersfeld’s semiological dramatic character research.
|Journal||Culture and History (Kultura i Historia)|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Aug 2015|