Perspectives on the European Videogame
Perspectives on the European Videogame
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Conflict, Negotiation, Appropriation, and Diversity: The Challenge of European Game Studies (Torill Elvira Mortensen)

Euro Ludens: On the Origins, Playing Region, and Imaginaries of the European Videogame (Oliver Perez-Latorre & Victor Navarro-Remesal)

Part I National Stories
1. National Games: Spanish Games of the 1980s (Clara Fernandez-Vara)
2. From Le Vampire Fou to Billy la Banlieue: Genre, Influences and Social Commentary in 1980s French Videogames (Alexis Blanchet)
Finnish Fuck Games: A Lost Historical Footnote (Susanna Paasonen & Veli-Matti Karhulahti)
4. Adopting an Orphaned Platform: The Second Life of the Sharp MZ-800 in Czechoslovakia (Jaroslav Svelch)
5. Cuthbert Goes Cloning: Ports, Platforms, and the Dragon Microcomputer (James Newman)

Part II Transnational Approaches
6. Masterpiece! Auteurism and European Videogames (Merce Oliva)
7. Playing European Comic Books: The Videogame Adaptations of Asterix and Tintin, 1993–1997 (Manuel Garin)
8. Existential Ludology and Peter Wessel Zapffe (Stefano Gualeni & Daniel Vella)
9. Europe Simulates Europe: How European Analogue Games Frame their Own Identity (Antonio Jose Planells de la Maza)
10. Naturalist Tendency in European Narrative Games (Nelson Zagalo)

Conclusions (for now)
European Videogames, Europeanness in Videogames (Victor Navarro-Remesal & Oliver Perez-Latorre)


Reviews and Features

"[...] Perspectives on the European Videogame is a fantastic introductory text and incorporates a strong sense of purpose and knowledge from a wide range of scholars from across Europe. It provides new insight into a topic that could become hotly debated over the next few years."
- Andre Cowen, Press Start, Vol. 9, Iss. 1

Víctor Navarro-Remesal, Óliver Pérez-Latorre (eds)

Perspectives on the European Videogame

The history of European videogames has so far been overshadowed by the global impact of the Japanese and North American industries. However, European game development studios have played a major role in videogame history, and many prominent videogames in popular culture, such as Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Alone in the Dark, and The Witcher, were made in Europe. This book proposes an inquiry into European videogames, including both analyses of transnational aspects of European production and close readings of national specificities. It offers a kaleidoscope of European videogame culture, focusing on the analysis of European works and creators but also addressing contextual aspects and placing videogames within a wider sociocultural and philosophical ground.
The aim of this collective work is to contribute to the creation of a, until now, almost non-existent yet necessary academic endeavour: a story and critical exploration of the works, authors, styles, and cultures of the European videogame.

Víctor Navarro-Remesal

Víctor Navarro-Remesal is a media and game scholar at Tecnocampus, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain).

Óliver Pérez-Latorre

Óliver Pérez-Latorre is a senior lecturer in game and media studies at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain).