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Heritage destruction and videogames: ethical challenges of the representation of cultural heritage

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posted on 2024-06-18, 11:34 authored by J Gonzalez Zarandona, Adam Chapman, Darshana Jayemanne
Representations of historical or cultural sites in videogames have always been contested by videogames scholarship, arguing that historical games often court controversy. This paper examines the history of the National and University Library in Sarajevo, particularly the destruction of the site and how it has been represented with different meanings across various media. The second part of the paper will analyze the representation of the library (post-reconstruction) in the videogame, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2’s Act 2 (called ‘Ghost of Sarajevo’), in order to raise issues about the ethical challenges of the representation of a heritage site that has not only been destroyed and reconstructed, but that it is part of a national heritage.The analysis shows that there are important pressures derived from the ways in which videogames represent heritage which has gone through a process of destruction, and how videogames adapt a historical event following formal videogame conventions. The paper concludes by pointing out the benefits of studying cases such as the National and University Library in Sarajevo, as well as new avenues of research regarding the representation of contested cultural sites in videogames.

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Journal

Transactions of the digital games research association

Volume

4

Season

Special issue: Selected Articles from the 2017 International DIGRA Conference

Pagination

173-203

Location

Pittsburgh, Pa.

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  • Yes

ISSN

2328-9422

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, ETC Press

Issue

2

Publisher

Carnegie Mellon University ETC Press

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