“A curse like that does not lift for nothing” – Return of the Obra Dinn and the Legacy of 19th century ecoGothic narratives

Originally submitted as an extended abstract. Lucas Pope’s critically acclaimed puzzle game, Return of the Obra Dinn, carries with it the legacy of early to mid-19th-century ecophobia and an emerging sense of guilt about humanity’s violence towards nature found in Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, Shelley’s Frankenstein: or the Modern Day Prometheus and…

ASLE Conference 2021 – Embedded Eco-Narratives and the Last of Humanity in Post Apocalyptic Video Games

Extremely Rough Transcript Since their inception, video games have imagined future spaces. Video games make it possible for the player, to not just envisage but explore, post-apocalyptic spaces through environmental storytelling and embedded eco-narratives. These post-apocalyptic spaces are manifestations of contemporary anxieties, allowing the player to interpret the causal relationship between current practices and the…

Replaying Some Distant Memory

When I finished my thesis I really didn’t think I’d be revisiting Some Distant Memory (Galvanic Games 2019) any time in the near future. The story is captivating but it is quite linear. But when I realised how incomplete my notes were from my Masters I was forced to go back to the game before…

The Sinking City – Review

The Sinking City (Ukraine: Frogwares, 2019) Morgan K. Pinder Something sinister is stirring in the depths below Oakmont Massachusetts. It’s the 1920s and private investigator Charles W. Reed is troubled by sinister visions that have drawn him to this mysterious seaside city. What awaits him is a series of disturbing mysteries and a myriad of…

Inscryption – video game review

In my experience as an average video game consumer you don’t find indie gems, somehow they find you. While I love a game that is strange and beautiful I feel terrible for not combing through itch.io looking for these undiscovered masterpieces. As a result of my gaming tastes coupled with laziness I often fall prey…

Sexuality in Emily Dickinson’s Poems 14 & 764

Emily Dickinson, rather than constructing a singularly focused representation of sexuality, portrays a continuum of manifestations of sexual desire in her poetry. In ‘One Sister have I in our house, Poem 14’ and ‘My Life had stood – A Loaded Gun, Poem 764’ we can see these desires distinctly differ, not only by the poetic…

Young Adult Cli-Fi -A Comparative Case Study

Focusing on Ship Breakers by Paolo Bacigalupi, Carbon Diaries; Book 1 by Saci Lloyd & Solstice by PJ Hoover Post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction utilises adolescent anxieties and curiosities about the future, allowing the reader to negotiate those anxieties in speculative future spaces. As a coming of age narrative, the dystopian novel often creates a reality…

The Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things

Ecology in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently Series Abstract: The Dirk Gently series written by Douglas Adams mixes comedy, detective fiction and science fiction to create narratives capable of conveying ecological meaning in a variety of ways. Using ecocritical theory this thesis unpacks the ecological themes and implications of the Dirk Gently series; ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic…