For my individual digital artifact, I will be performing a sort of autoethnographic through the form of a lets play. I will be playing any Japanese video game I think will be noteworthy or that I just like. As an already well-established video-game-tragic, I’m pretty well-versed in most genres of video games (is that too many hyphens?) So to help me, I’m going to ask myself a question to answer about the video game that will help me to explain my thoughts on the game while providing a more in-depth analyses of the game itself. I don’t know if this makes any sense, so I’ve already made a video to show my concept. For this video, I played Shadow of the Colossus and tried to answer the question “Is Shadow of the Colossus an RPG?”
To answer this question, I explored to what extent I actually felt I was role-playing. This allows me to give a deep analysis of the game’s intended effect, mechanics or themes through my own personal experiences. While discussing these issues, I’ll also be playing the games to give the audience an better idea of what the game is actually like.
I will base the different questions for each game based on some of the questions from Sheridan’s introduction to autoethnography. For example, I will be gauging how I feel while playing the horror game Silent Hill. But to further explore the survival-horror genre, I will also attempt to answer the question “Is Silent Hill scary?”
I’m hoping this series of videos will provide for both entertaining and informative media that will help audienecs to further analyse their own experiences with video games as an artistic medium.
Sheridan, R , “Autoethnography: Research as Participant”, accessed 11th Sept 2014, http://ricksheridan.netmar.com/auto