Dr. Bo Ruberg- Video Games to Play after the End of the World: Queer Visions of the Post-Apocalypse
In this talk, Prof. Bo Ruberg will discuss the rich intersections between queerness and video games. After offering an introduction to queer game studies and queer indie make making, they will dive into the topic of apocalypses and post-apocalypses in video games. Apocalyptic themes are pervasive across game genres. Now, under the shadow of climate collapse and the current pandemic, a growing number of independent queer and trans game designers are using scenes of the end of the world to explore alternate forms of identity, community, and society. Here, Ruberg explains how apocalypses and post-apocalypses take on queer meaning in video games, and how they show us the possibility for creating a new, queerer world after the one that we know today has ended.
An archive of the talk is available here.