Discover Malta

Please select a category first on the Categories tab.

Events in Malta

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Malta

Welcome

Login to your account below, if you do not have an account, select Register.

Or Login with your preferred Social Media Account

Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google

Register your account below, if you already have an account, select Login.

Video Games and Culture of Laughter

Discussion on Games games as an alternate form of the expression of the carnivalesque.

Tue Apr 25th 2017 at 19:00
Malta, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Msida, Msida
BOOK NOW

Event Details

Join us for our April game lecture, with Tomasz Majkowski talking about how games are not unique in their use of humorous --- one could say immature --- themes, but instead are a continuation, a resurface or an alternate form of the expression of the carnivalesque.

Game Lectures are free and open to the public, so everyone is welcome to bring along any friends or colleagues that might be interested in the topic. The talk starts at 7:00 PM and is scheduled for an hour, followed by some time for informal conversations with the speaker and the attendees.

The topic and summary of the April 2017 Game Lecture follows:

"Video Games and Culture of Laughter"

There is tendency video game studies to describe games as something of recent origin: XX-century phenomenon, connected to the “new media” and the rise of digital technology. Such approach tends to contrast video games and older culture forms, expose their unique, unprecedented features, and asks for new ways to understand them. The same intellectual stance results in the metaphor of maturity, that describes early games and game culture as childish and immature and demands – or at least hopes – for them to grow up and reach stage of social responsibility, productivity and gravity.

Although such theoretical and rhetorical approach seems valid and important, my aim is almost opposite. During this talk I’d like to show possibilities of connecting video games and gaming culture to the phenomenon centuries, or even millennia old – the culture of laugher, as described by XX-century scholar Russian, Miklail Bakhtin. This popular undercurrent of the Western civilization contrasts and opposes official culture of seriousness and can be expressed by various forms and means, replacing each other as time goes by, and society, technology and culture transforms. Although varied is style and substance, such “laughter genres” can be identified by several common traits, related to their internal “carnivalesqe worldview”: they are prone to parody, employ grotesque as main aesthetics, tend to be offensive (if not outright blasphemous) and create world upside-down, where everything low is exalted. 

During the talk I will argue that most of those traits can be found within contemporary video games and that so-called “immaturity” can be also understood as the expression of the carnivalesque. This way the rise of gaming culture and its idiosyncrasies can be described in relation to large frame of the laughter culture.

View Larger Map

Directions

My Lists

Create New List

OR

Personal Lists
Arrow

Login to create your personalised lists for Malta.

Featured Lists

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta

List Options

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
Top 5 Restaurants in Malta

This list has been created by our Malta Local Expert.

By: Local Expert · 5 items

Giannini Restaurant

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
Giannini is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner when visiting Valletta. The restaurant is situated above St. Michael's bastions with vast views of Manoel Island, S...

T'Anna Mari Restaurant

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
T'Anna Mari restaurant is a family run restaurant by chef patron Salvatore and his team. Hailing from Sicily but already having spent many years in Malta, the kitchen her...

Tal-Majjistra Eat House

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
Tal-Majjistra Eat House is situated in Mgarr, one of Malta's most scenic traditional villages. The restaurant is a lovely find for locals and foreigners looking for a hea...

The Villa Restaurant

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
The Villa restaurant is a special place overlooking Balluta Bay in St Julian's. The restaurant is housed in an imposing and beautiful 19th century villa just metres aways...

Ta' Marija Restaurant

Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
Ta' Marija Restaurant is a cultural attraction in itself. Awarded the 'The Best Maltese Food Restaurant' for ten consecutive years and with the celebration of Maltese foo...

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta

List Options

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
Top 5 Night Spots in Malta

This list has been created by our Malta Local Expert.

By: Local Expert · 5 items

Gianpula Village

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
Gianpula Village is Malta's only entertainment address during the summer months. The complex is a nightlife village with several top venues where to spend the night.........

Twenty-Two

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
Twenty-Two is simply Malta's most exclusive nightclub and lounge bar. Situated at Level 22 of the Portomaso Business Tower, the top floor of Malta's tallest high-rise,&nb...

The Scotsman Pub

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
The Scotsman Pub is one of a few remaining genuine pubs in Malta. Run by the amiable couple, Dave and Julie Clifford, there is no better place on the island to get your F...

Club Havana Malta

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
Havana Club is the biggest soul, hip-hop and R&B indoor club on the island. Situated in the centre of Paceville's main street surrounded by other pubs, clubs and loun...

Soho Lounge

Top 5 Night Spots in Malta
Soho Lounge distinctive facade is an invite to enter this contemporary styled lounge bar that has been transformed into a chic club where people meet, drink and dance. Th...

Top 5 Places To See in Malta

List Options

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
Top 5 Places To See in Malta

This list has been created by our Malta Local Expert.

By: Local Expert · 5 items

Valletta

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
Malta's capital, covering an area of less than one square kilometre, is brimming with history, splendid Baroque architecture, squares and alleys, traditional wooden balco...

Mdina

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
Mdina is one of the prettiest ancient walled cities you will find anywhere. Perched upon one of Malta's highest promontories, it commands a superb view of Malta which nev...

Birgu - Vittoriosa

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
Birgu (Vittoriosa) is a special locality to visit, whether by day or by night. Take pleasure in simply walking around its immaculate, narrow streets, which are lovingly d...

Mellieha

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
Mellieha, which has been awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence by the European Union, covers one of the largest areas in Malta, taking up most of the no...

Victoria - Rabat (Gozo)

Top 5 Places To See in Malta
When visiting Gozo, the natural place to begin is from its capital, Victoria (also known to locals as 'Rabat'). Lying geographically in the heart of the island, all roads...

Top 5 Attractions in Malta

List Options

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
Top 5 Attractions in Malta

This list has been created by our Malta Local Expert.

By: Local Expert · 5 items

Mediterraneo Marine Park Malta

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
The Mediterraneo Marine Park is an educational fun day out for all the family. With various presentations including dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds, it is a unique...

The Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
The Limestone Heritage is an award winning attraction and celebrates the Maltese Islands' distinct stone, as well as its intricate history dating back to over 22 million ...

Mdina Glass

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
Mdina Glass are pioneer glass makers in Malta with over 40 years of continuous innovation and a beautiful range of products. The dreamlike and handcrafted designs have in...

Casa Rocca Piccola

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
Casa Rocca Piccola was built in the late 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta and an Admiral of the Order and now it is the family home of the 9th Marq...

The Wignacourt Museum

Top 5 Attractions in Malta
The Wignacourt Museum is a historical gem situated adjacent to Rabat's Parish Church of St Paul. The original building was commissioned as a baroque residence of the Chap...

Top 5 Tours in Malta

List Options

Top 5 Tours in Malta
Top 5 Tours in Malta

This list has been created by our Malta Local Expert.

By: Local Expert · 5 items

Hera Cruises

Top 5 Tours in Malta
What better way to tour the Mediterranean islands of Malta, Gozo & Comino than by sea on two of the most elegant and evocative 30-metre twin-masted yachts? This exper...

Neptune Charters

Top 5 Tours in Malta
Neptune Charters offers a traditional Maltese 'Luzzu' for half-day or full-day cruises around the most scenic Maltese coastline. Iconic photos and videos of local fishing...

Excursions in Malta

Top 5 Tours in Malta
With 25 years of experience, the team behind excursionsinmalta.com are well place to offer its clients the best value and most interesting tours in Malta and Gozo. The to...

Seahorse Cruises

Top 5 Tours in Malta
Seahorse Cruises operate two equally fascinating boats for visitors looking to enjoy a sea trip to some of the most beautiful and scenic places on the Maltese islands. Th...

Gozo Pride Jeep and Quad Tours

Top 5 Tours in Malta
Gozo Pride Tours offer you an original and fun way to explore the charming island of Gozo, Malta's rural little sister. These unique expeditions are done by Jeep or Quad ...

Add to List

Create New List

Cancel

Cancel

Create & Share Your Guides to Malta

Use for Business, Friends or Family. Create your own Personalised Guides to Malta and Publish them on your website or simply Share with family, colleagues and friends visiting Malta!

Our Featured Lists are created by Malta local experts who have compiled lists showcasing the very best of what Malta has to offer.

My Guide is smart too, the more lists you create, the more it learns the sort of places you like to visit allowing us to make recommendations personalised for you across the My Guide Network.

Login or register to create your Personalised Lists for Malta or explore our Featured Lists below for inspiration.

Lists

Featured Lists in Malta