James Sweeting

The Impact of Nostalgia on Videogame Form (working title) 

Transtechnology Research,
Portland Square Room B312
Drake Circus,
Plymouth, Devon,

Email: james.sweeting(at)plymouth.ac.uk




Videogames are a rapidly advancing medium, yet one that is still misunderstood and under explored. Videogames have progressed as a result of innovations in technology, but it is only recently that people have started to consider what they should do next.

Videogames for most of its existence been a technologically driven medium, but during the past decade (2005-2015) it was no longer the key motivator it once was. The impact of technological innovations still play an important role in the medium, but the extent of this impact is unclear. The disruption that I have identified and am unpacking with my research is the role that nostalgia is having upon the videogames medium and wider industry; and the subsequent influence upon the evolution of videogame form.

The aim of this project is to highlight the impact of nostalgia (positive and negative) as a strategic response to its ongoing development. Identifying why this response has come about and the cultural elements from different sides of the world that have contributed to the changing form that is now present. The intended benefit of this project is to provide justification of looking back towards the mediums past, but also outlining the benefits of utilising the medium to reflect upon the past and use it as a tool to inform future generations.

My Undergraduate Degree from City University London was in International Politics and my Masters in War Studies from King’s College London were influential in my decision to research videogames further. Having used opportunities to study the impact of media and technology on politics and warfare, as well the relationship between conflict and videogames, I can now concentrate on understanding how videogames can continue to grow as it tries to understand its past and reflects upon it as it remediates it into the present.

Past column pieces written for Thumbsticks focusing on aspects of the medium that broadly relate to my project can be found at: http://www.thumbsticks.com/author/jamessweeting/

Longform book reviews for Leonardo Reviews can be found at: https://www.leonardo.info/contributor/21290/james-sweeting

In addition I also provide game reviews and features for the only dedicated print magazine that focuses on the Nintendo Switch. http://switchplayer.net/author/crazybluebanana/