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„Czy ja tak brzmię?” Autokreacja i immunizacja w serii Mass Effect
‘Do I sound like that’?: Self-Creation and Immunization in the series Mass Effect

Author(s): Agata Zarzycka
Subject(s): Media studies, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Self, Social Informatics
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: self-creation; immunization; video games; avatar;

Summary/Abstract: Zarzycka examines the bodily aspect of the protagonist’s identity in the game series Mass Effect and its relationship with the player. She draws on notions of the mechanics of self-creation as proposed by Stephen Greenblatt and Michel Foucault, as well as concepts of immuization defined by Roberto Esposito. Three clusters of factors influence a character’s physical appearance: the interference of the game code, elements that depend on the player’s decision, and the narrative metacommentary, which is contained in the supplement Mass Effect 3: The Citadel. Zarzycka relates these factors to the dynamics of the player’s competence. The transformation of the character’s body leads to a meditation on practices of self-creation, connected to the experience of gameplay as well as more broadly understood cultural participation.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 346-362
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish