Book Launch: Videogame Formalism: On Form, Aesthetic Experience, and Methodology

by on 20/02/2024

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Alex Mitchell and Jasper van Vught’s book: Videogame Formalism: On Form, Aesthetic Experience, and Methodology, published open access with Amsterdam University Press, 2023.

To mark this occasion, Alex and Jasper will give an (online) talk on:
Friday, 22 March 2024, 7Am (2PM Singapore time).
You can register for the zoom session here.  

The book explores the historical and theoretical roots of formalist approaches to videogame analysis, situates this approach within games studies, and argues for its importance and applicability as a methodological toolkit and a theoretical framework for understanding the aesthetic experience of videogames. It presents an overview of how formalist approaches can provide insights into the ways games create aesthetic experiences through the use of poetic gameplay devices, and lays out a comprehensive yet flexible methodological framework for undertaking a formalist analysis of games. This approach is then demonstrated through a series of detailed examples and case studies. More information and access to the book can be found on the publisher’s website here.