Thanatogaming: Death, Videogames, and the Biopolitical State


DiGRA '14 - Proceedings of the 2014 DiGRA International Conference
, August, 2014
Volume: 8
ISBN / ISNN: ISSN 2342-9666

In response to the rise of the biopolitical state, which derives power from its ability to “make live” and “let die,” some scholars have argued that death itself can serve as a form of resistance to biopower. As virtual worlds become increasingly intertwined with the physical world, the concept of in-game death can have rhetorical force to resist both physical and virtual biopower. This paper draws on examples of death as resistance with in the virtual worlds of America's Army and World of Warcraft.