The Symbolic Order of Action and Possibility Bearing on Time

  • Adam Crowley


Crowley addresses the prime roles of represented wealth in videogames from the twentieth century. Providing a rationale for the application of Northrup Frye and Gérard Genette’s literary theories to non-prose subjects, Crowley explores the significance of capital exchange as a theme in titles such as Spacewar!, The Oregon Trail, Pac Man, and Super Mario Brothers. These titles contribute to the tradition of sentimental romance with imaginative schemes for representing and valuing player action as it bears on the player’s time of play. “The Symbolic Order of Action and Possibility Bearing on Time” concludes with an exploration of such orders as they exist beyond the immediate gaming experience—that is, in the fictions of lore that are often generated around represented capital in videogames.


Northrop Frye Gérard Genette Pac Man Super Mario Brothers Benedict Anderson Lore 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Crowley
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Science and HumanitiesHusson UniversityBangorUSA

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