Videogames as remediated memories: commodified nostalgia and hyperreality in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Gone Home

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Abstract

In the last decade, the maturation of the first generation of gamers has underpinned growing discussion of nostalgia for and in videogames. This article considers how the search for a connection to our past can be satisfied through consumption of the richly remediated memories represented in nostalgic videogames. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Gone Home are analyzed framed by Baudrillard’s theories of consumer objects and simulation. These videogames make extensive use of 1980s and 1990s cultural referents. In particular, they embed references to media (such as music, film, and television) that epitomize memories of these periods. The aim of the article is to discuss the ways in which the videogames commodify nostalgia to fulfill a consumer need for retrospection, and to examine the extent to which they provide a simulation of cultural memory that blurs historical reality with period modes of representation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-550
Number of pages26
JournalGames and Culture
Volume10
Issue number6
Early online date31 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

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