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“Emergent countries play, too!”: The Zeebo console as a (partial) decolonial project

De Paula, B; (2021) “Emergent countries play, too!”: The Zeebo console as a (partial) decolonial project. Revista Contracampo , 40 (2) 10.22409/contracampo.v40i2.5026. Green open access

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Abstract

The present paper discusses questions related to the histories of videogames, more specifically in how we approach videogames in Global South. By using Zeebo, a Brazilian console produced in the late 2000s as an epistemic tool, I discuss the limitations of universalist, mainstream-centric epistemological models for exploring videogames as cultural phenomena. By investigating Zeebo’s discourses about piracy and players in the Global South, I argue that this platform can be seen as a partial decolonial project, destabilising conventional historical narratives about South-North relationships in videogames, but refraining from challenging a mainstream, Global North oriented epistemology. This exploratory work, therefore, elaborates on how a decolonial project of history of videogames, one that is more epistemically just to Global South, could be sought.

Type: Article
Title: “Emergent countries play, too!”: The Zeebo console as a (partial) decolonial project
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.22409/contracampo.v40i2.5026
Publisher version: https://periodicos.uff.br/contracampo/article/view...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright (c) 2021 Bruno de Paula. Creative Commons License. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: zeebo, history of videogames, Global South, platform, piracy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133997
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