Embodying the Avatar in Videogames

Dissertation, University College Dublin (2022)
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Abstract

Videogames are a pervasive part of lives of children and adults alike, with 73%of Americans older than 2 years engaging with them (Group, 2019). Playingvideogames can be seen as an activity that is done through our fingertips andwith our visual apparatus focused on a screen, without involvement of the restof our body, and it is usually considered as such from a cognitivist point ofview (Campbell, 2012; Gee, 2003; Klimmt and Hartmann, 2006) however thisraises the question of whether videogames can alternatively be thought of as anembodied experience, and if so, how can we formulate them as such, and whatfactors are at play?

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Mahdi Dibaei
University College Dublin

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