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Keeping Heritage Alive

Cultural loss is one of the core issues behind Indigenous social disadvantage in Australia today (Office for the Arts, 2013). Aboriginal culture is built on the intangible: performance, localised knowledge, and deep contextualisation within the local landscape –the Country(Christie, 2008; Watson & Chambers, 1989).

Preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage demands a performative approach (Stanner, 1979). This may potentially be done through open-world role-playing games (RPGs; Granström, 2013). RPGs offer immersive, subjective experiences that encourage players to deeply identify with the depicted characters and cultures (Gee, 2006). Many games foster active audience engagement in documenting and even creating new content for their favourite game worlds (Gee, 2013).


Publication Date

2016

Keywords

heritage, cultural loss, Indigenous contexts, Digital RPG, interactive media

Disciplines

Communication Technology and New Media | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture

Virtual Past,Real Future: Playing with Cultural Heritage

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