Rachael Hutchinson- Playing Games, Learning Culture: Japanese videogames as cultural artefacts

Wednesday, November 3 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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What are we learning when we play videogames from Japan? Rachael Hutchinson (University of Delaware) examines the cultural content of Japanese videogames through character design, background setting and environment, aesthetic style, thematic content, and game dynamics. Main themes explored in the talk are bioethics, war memory and the colonial legacy of Japan in the Asia-Pacific. Hutchingson' is the author of the new book Japanese Culture Through Videogames.


Rachael Hutchinson
is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Delaware. She received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2000, and her research addresses representations of Japanese identity in literature, film, manga and videogames. Her publications have addressed Orientalism, Occidentalism and censorship issues in the fiction of Nagai Kafu and the films of Kurosawa Akira, as well as the representation of history in manga by Tezuka Osamu and videogames from Final Fantasy to Soul Calibur and Metal Gear Solid. As well as books and book chapters, she has published articles in the journals Japan Forum, Monumenta Nipponica, The Journal of New Media and Culture, and Games and Culture. Her latest book is titled Japanese Culture Through Videogames (Routledge 2019) and she is currently editing a book on the JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game).

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