The mythic scope of journey: a comparative assessment concerning the spirit at play and cybernetic shamanism

Video games yield some of the most immersive virtual experiences of mythos today. They render, conceive and engage in a shared heritage of symbols and images drawn from world stories, mythical tropes, creatures, and environments. Thatgamecompany’s Journey has recently emerged as a concise expression...

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Published in:Online - Heidelberg journal of religions on the internet
Main Author: Guyker, Robert W.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2014
In:Online - Heidelberg journal of religions on the internet
Year: 2014, Volume: 5, Pages: 314-351
Further subjects:B Shamanism
B Simulation
B video game
B Narrative
B Mythology
B hero’s journey
B Journey
B Motif
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Summary:Video games yield some of the most immersive virtual experiences of mythos today. They render, conceive and engage in a shared heritage of symbols and images drawn from world stories, mythical tropes, creatures, and environments. Thatgamecompany’s Journey has recently emerged as a concise expression of this impulse to keep myth innovative, and gaming evocative. Working towards unraveling layers of motifs, I will approach Journey as a cybertext and mythic text, drawing on works ranging from philosophical treatises, poetry, sacred narratives and shamanism for comparative analysis. My initial task is to establish the video game as a participatory rendering of the Hero’s Journey, while then breaking the cycle into individual components of motifs, themes and mythemes to parse the discourse of Journey’s exposition. I then argue for Journey’s ongoing engagement with reimagining the gaming experience through a commitment to synergistic immersion in a myth-minded environment.
ISSN:1861-5813
Contains:In: Online - Heidelberg journal of religions on the internet
Persistent identifiers:DOI: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-rel-121769
URN: 10.11588/rel.2014.0.12176
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-rel-121769