Phillip Penix-Tadsen is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware. His talk is entitled “’This is Sao Paulo, brother!’: Mythologies of Brazilian Gamespace in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Max Payne 3, and Papo y Yo.” He will be speaking about how major video games represent Brazilian landscape and culture, starting with an overview of games as semiotic systems and ending with an analysis of how the games represent specific Brazilian favelas and other important cultural landmarks. Borrowing a concept from literary critic Roberto Schwarz’s seminal study of Brazilian-ness, Misplaced Ideas—in which he argues that Brazil “unceasingly affirms and reaffirms European ideas, always improperly”—Prof. Penix-Tadsen’s talk will examine how North American and multinational video game designers embody a different type of conceptual misplacement in their attempts to render Brazilian-ness within the algorithmic structure of gamespace.
Chambers Hance Auditorium (CHAM-4121)
Gonzalez, Melissa M