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Rikke Toft Nørgård

O Prazer pelo Fazer: a Conexão Corporal na Identidade Jogador-Avatar

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This article discusses the relation between players and avatars,
on the basis of corporality, locomotion and craftsmanship.
Maurice Merleau-Ponty phenomenology is the central
theoretical ground, accompanied by the adaptation of
frameworks from other authors for specific concepts, such as
Sheets-Johnstone for corporeal locomotion and Sennet for
craftsmanship. Previous studies about player-avatar identity are
discussed according to 5 pervading framings: visuality, cognition,
dramaturgy, prosthesis and sociality. These are reinterpreted
under the guise of corporeality, leading to 6 counterpoints:
corporeality, digital (corporeal scheme and visual perspective),
locomotion and body memory, digital corporeality and
incorporation, body extension and the joy of doing. Final
remarks consider the potential of these new framings for a more
complete understanding of the player-avatar identity and, also,
its importance as an alternative to theoretical imperialism.
Translated title of the contributionThe joy of doing: the corporeal connection in player-avatar identity
Original languagePortuguese
JournalIntexto. Revista de mestrado da communicacão
Pages (from-to)99-126
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • Avatar, corporeality, craftsmanship, phenomenology, philosophy of the body

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