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On Bikers at War: Transformations of Non-Fictional and Fictional Conflicts from Hamlet to Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (GAME Resarch group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5617-9984
2022 (English)In: Representing Conflicts in Games: Antagonism, Rivalry, and Competition / [ed] Björn Sjöblom; Jonas Linderoth; Anders Frank, Routledge, 2022, 1, p. 30-45Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses how conflicts are transformed from real life, via narratives to a game. It explores four types of conflicts: intergroup, intragroup, interpersonal and intrapersonal derived from a material consisting of three cultural artefacts that are interconnected: Shakespear’s dramaThe Tragedy of Hamlet, the TV-series Sons of Anarchy and the table top game Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem. The fundamental and underlining question in this chapter is what the board game medium is capable of preserving from a Shakespearean drama and real life conflicts. For each step in the transformation the conflicts take on a slightly different form. The world, objects agents and events undergo changes and conflicts are presented in terms of motivation, how they are initiated and how they are turned into events such as direct war player versus player. In the stepwise transformation from Hamlet to Men of Mayhem the characters as such disappear and only function as emblematic objects rather than agents. The main finding of the chapter is that there is no room for intrapersonal and intragroup conflicts in the game. Social structures and social conflicts are the common denominators between non-fiction, narrative and the game.

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Routledge, 2022, 1. p. 30-45
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Conflicts in games, biker games, Hamlet, Sons of Anarchy
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Engineering and Technology General Literature Studies Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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GAME Research Group
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-21700DOI: 10.4324/9781003297406-4ISBN: 978-1-03-228559-7 (print)ISBN: 978-1-03-227827-8 (print)ISBN: 978-1-00-329740-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-21700DiVA, id: diva2:1721248
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[e-bok 2022, tryckt/printed 2023]

Available from: 2022-12-21 Created: 2022-12-21 Last updated: 2023-02-01Bibliographically approved

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