Techno-giants: The Giant, the Machine and the Human

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The relationship between humankind and technology is fundamental, but also a longstanding source of unease, particularly as that relationship has become ever more intimate and irreversible. In this paper, I connect this age-old anxiety with the age-old figure of the giant, a monster similarly intertwined with ancient questions on the boundaries of humanity. I focus on two examples: the Human-Reaper larva in Mass Effect 2 and Liberty Prime in Fallout 3 and 4. Although different in approach, these examples demonstrate a use of a phenomenon I call the ‘techno-giant’ to explore and reflect the powerful anxieties in our cultures to do with the future of the human– technology relationship. In particular, both examples expose the human–nonhuman boundary as being exceeding difficult to define and place, despite a constant desire to. The figure of the giant offers a powerful focal point for these representations.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 2020 DiGRA International Conference: Play Everywhere
Antal sider16
ForlagDigital Games Research Association (DiGRA)
Publikationsdato3 sep. 2020
StatusUdgivet - 3 sep. 2020
Begivenhed2020 DiGRA International Conference: Play is Everywhere - (Cancelled), Tampere, Finland
Varighed: 2 jun. 20206 jul. 2020
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Konference2020 DiGRA International Conference
Lokation(Cancelled)
Land/OmrådeFinland
ByTampere
Periode02/06/202006/07/2020
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    Ford, D., 18 sep. 2020, International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG '20). Association for Computing Machinery, s. 1-4 4 s. 37. (Foundations of Digital Games Conference Proceedings).

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