Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Dr. David Blakesley, Committee Chair
Dr. Cynthia Haynes
Dr. Matthew Boyer
Dr. David Donar
Affective Gaming is an intervention in the field of game studies, designed to address the lack of racial diversity in games. I examine the role that emotion plays in games by melding game studies and rhetorical theory with affect theory and critical identity studies. I build a theory of gaming that is attuned to the way games provoke emotion in players in order to bring a new understanding of identity to game studies. I then turn towards a theory of game design that uses affect toward a rhetorical end, and finally turn this toward games in the classroom. I also produce a video game prototype to accompany the dissertation to illustrate the intersection of mechanics and narrative that I write about, and to show what is possible when games are considered rhetorically.
Wood, Joshua A., "Affective Gaming: At the Intersection of Rhetoric, Affect, and Video Games" (2018). All Dissertations. 2095.