Technology in Games: Myth as Encouragement to Experience the Real

By Carlos Velázquez, Aline Soares and Paula Mendes.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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The emergence of the sign faculty in self and world representation, which results in consciousness, is the definitive mark of the human condition. But this ability to signify reality causes man to install himself in the virtuality of subjective realities, from which education seeks to restore anchors with the objective world. Inflated by modern and contemporary utilitarianism, consciousness has not ceased to move away from its real substrate, seeking to legitimize the existence of sophisticated virtual reality systems and artificial intelligence. Enthusiastic writers expect from these resources great educational advances, regardless of the technological impossibility of replacing actual experience or, at best, promoting this need. Traditional myths subsidize the appeal of many video games. However, the reconciliation of consciousness with its objective preconditions, the natural environment, which is the main mythical function, is often avoided or distorted in these systems. Using references such as Piaget, Dewey, Jung, Huizinga, Campbell, Kerenyi, Turkle and Prensky, among others, the bibliographic and analytic basis of this article supports the argument that the careful observation of mythical thought in video games could favor the resurgence of living mythologies, which, in their ritualistic developments could, in turn, encourage the search for real experiences.

Keywords: Video Game, Myth, Education, Mythical Thought

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 23, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 378.714KB)).

PhD. Carlos Velázquez

Professor, University of Fortaleza, Eusébio, Brazil

Aline Soares

Researcher, University of Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil

Paula Mendes

Researcher, University of Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil