Author Archives: Erik Bigras

About Erik Bigras

Erik Bigras is an independent scholar. He studied as a PhD Candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He graduated with a BA in Anthropology (2009) from the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada) where he focused on the creation of subjectivities through digital media. He's been playing video games since the mid-1980s, but expanded his gaming interest to table-top RPGs in the early 2010s.

Extremism as a Narrative Device

Playing DayZ has allowed me to reflect on extremism a little bit. DayZ appears to be a game that fosters a plethora of extremes: one is either an extremist bad guy (I’ll kill everyone!), an extremist good guy (I’ll kill … Continue reading

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DayZ of Indifference: Fighting Against the Injustice Engine

I hadn’t meant to be talking about DayZ this week, but after reading Jason’s post, I just couldn’t resist. As with many of us, I’ve been familiar with the ArmA II mod for a while now. I found it interesting … Continue reading

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Shadowrun Unlimited

When I owned a Sega Genesis, I used to play Shadowrun until my eyes bled. I loved the world’s lore and the quirky feel of the game. When Shadowrun Returns was released, I, of course, jumped on it and enjoyed … Continue reading

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Fate of the World: An Epistemological Review

My work leads me to discover some very strange games. After Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus, I’d like to offer you another epistemological review of one such games. By epistemological, I mean that I won’t necessarily be following the traditional formalisms of … Continue reading

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Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus: An Epistemological Review

I return after the holiday season with a confession: I’m not, strictly speaking, a game studies scholar. Rather, I’ve been dabbling and stumbling professionally in this particular academic arena for close to a decade, now. Formally, I’m trained as a … Continue reading

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Erik on Hiatus until January

With the holiday season upon us, I won’t have a chance to post much. I live in Eastern Ontario, while my family lives in Western Québec, which means that I end up doing a lot of traveling during this time … Continue reading

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Minecraft and the Castle of Uncomfortable Contraptions

Efficiency is a word that’s often hailed as that special thing everyone should try to achieve. When I teach technology-related classes, efficiency is a word tossed around by most undergrads when we ask them about the characteristics of technological systems. … Continue reading

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