The International Journal of Film and Media Arts – Videogames and narratives
Research around videogames is an emergent area of study within social sciences. The number of games published annually keeps growing exponentially, with an enormous diversity in content, spanning all
areas, from education to entertainment.
Several international organizations – in particular The Europan League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEGVA) – seek to organize the debate around the academic training of researchers, programmers and artists in the video game area, to forestall a growing confusion in how they integrate curricula. In Portugal, the Portuguese Society for Videogame Sciences (SPCV) seeks to promote and develop videogame sciences and congregate all those involved in them to foster knowledge and scientific interchange.
On SPCV’s behest, the coordination of the degree in Multimedia Applications and Videogames of the Lusophone University of Humanities and Sciences organized the International Videogames 2017 conference,under the title “Videogames as a form of art”, in order to promote debate, scientific culture, research and the videogame industry in Portugal. Likewise, the International Journal of Film and Media Arts has partnered up with this initiative, by hosting this special issue on gaming studies, thus furthering the scientific contribution into contemporary challenges around gaming research in academia.
This special issue has four papers in it, all somehow addressing the connection between videogames and media arts, especially cinema. Drawing from a multitude of scientific areas and discourses, this special issue demonstrates clearly how interdisciplinarity is fundamental to advance the study and teaching of videogames within Communication Sciences, Computer Sciences, and Arts Studie