The Game’s The Thing: A Cultural Studies Approach To War Memory, Gender, And Politics In Japanese Videogames

dc.contributor.author Moore, Keita
dc.contributor.department Asian Studies
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T19:30:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-28T19:30:26Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62157
dc.title The Game’s The Thing: A Cultural Studies Approach To War Memory, Gender, And Politics In Japanese Videogames
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.abstract This thesis establishes a framework for analyzing Japanese pseudo-historical ludic media within the Japanese ideo-cultural context from a Cultural Studies perspective. It examines how discourses of war memory, gender, and politics inflect the texts of Onimusha (2001), Sengoku BASARA (2005), and Metal Gear Solid (1998). As artifacts of a demonized militarism and societal pacifism, these games justify ludic violence with player-avatars who have defensive masculinities. Through interactivity, however, this mechanism interrogates pacifism. In this questioning, these games take on transformative potential as cultural technologies. Onimusha and Sengoku BASARA seek to foreclose upon this potential through narrative denunciation and parody. Conversely, Metal Gear Solid leaves this potential open. As a game whose narrative supports a progressive political agenda, it unintentionally endorses an ultraconservative conception of both politics and history—thereby constituting a nationalistic argument. In sum, this research suggests that videogames are imbricated in processes of imagining Japanese nationhood.
dcterms.description M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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