Permadeath : a review of literature

Copcic, Amra, McKenzie, Sophie and Hobbs, Michael 2013, Permadeath : a review of literature, in IGIC 2013 : Proceedings of the 5th International IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Games Innovation Conference, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 40-47, doi: 10.1109/IGIC.2013.6659156.

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Title Permadeath : a review of literature
Author(s) Copcic, Amra
McKenzie, SophieORCID iD for McKenzie, Sophie
Hobbs, MichaelORCID iD for Hobbs, Michael
Conference name IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Games Innovation. Conference (5th : 2013 : Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Conference location Vancouver, B.C.
Conference dates 23-25 Sep. 2013
Title of proceedings IGIC 2013 : Proceedings of the 5th International IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Games Innovation Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series International IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Games Innovation Conference
Start page 40
End page 47
Total pages 8
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) death
video games
Summary This paper explores existing literature concerning permadeath - the permanent in-game death of a playable character. Research concerning the depiction of death in video games is extensive, however research on the underlying concept of death within the magic circle of a game is scarce. Furthermore, although controversial, permadeath more closely connects with the original death concept than general in-game death as it adopts finality, a key characteristic of death. This is significant when we consider successful video games which have delved into deeper philosophical ideas and the realm of art, a deeper exploration of death, and dying, is within the capabilities of the maturing game industry, and may pave the way for unique in-game (death) experiences. To gain a better understanding of the nature of permadeath this paper draws together existing literature, highlights the difficulty of defining permadeath and death's meaning beyond penalty, identifies two approaches to permadeath, and suggests a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in future research.
ISBN 9781479912445
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/IGIC.2013.6659156
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, IEEE
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