Between Freedom and Constraint: ROM Hacking of Pokémon Games

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Résumé

This paper aims to study a creative practice widespread in video game cultures: “ROM hacking”. By examining with the tools of rhetoric a defined corpus of ROM hacks derived from 『Pokémon』 games, the presentation will show that the formal construction of these derivative works demonstrates less a free or subversive transformation than a fairly strict respect for the original games’ conventions. By reproducing the structure of official 『Pokémon 』games, these fan productions become mirrors revealing their internal grammar. In this way, hacks can be game analysis tools.
langue originaleAnglais
Etat de la publicationPublié - 2 mars 2018
EvénementDiGRA JAPAN 8th Annual Conference: 「ゲーム、その自由な世界」 - Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japon
Durée: 2 mars 20183 mars 2018
http://digrajapan.org/conf8th/

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ColloqueDiGRA JAPAN 8th Annual Conference: 「ゲーム、その自由な世界」
Pays/TerritoireJapon
La villeFukuoka
période2/03/183/03/18
Adresse Internet

mots-clés

  • videogames
  • game studies
  • modding
  • hacking
  • Pokémon
  • rhetoric
  • détournement

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