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CRUISING GAME SPACE: Game Level Design, Gay Cruising and the Queer Gothic in The Rawlings

Ting, Tommy (2019) CRUISING GAME SPACE: Game Level Design, Gay Cruising and the Queer Gothic in The Rawlings. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Ting, Tommy
Abstract:

This thesis explores the emerging paradigm shift in game studies called queer game studies. Through research creation, this project explores cruising in Stanley Park, Vancouver as an empirical and conceptual starting point to prototype a surreal horror game called The Rawlings. Synthesizing queer game studies with theoretical engagement represented by queer Gothic studies, this thesis proposes that if cruising can be understood a form of play with unique dynamic spatial qualities, it might have implications for the discipline of level design in video game development. It is concluded that queer Gothic studies may provide inroads to our understanding of both the sexuality of space and the spatiality of sexuality in queer spaces. Particularly, this thesis investigates how cruising illuminates space with qualities that exhibit markers of deviancy and monstrosity. This project demonstrates the implications of space as monstrous body with its own identity, motivation and desires for queering level design.

Date: 13 May 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
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Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 14:38
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 14:40
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2563

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