A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Once Upon a Time on the Screen – Wild West in Video Games

Alaotsikko: Wild West in Video Games
Julkaisun tekijät: Tero Heikkinen, Markku Reunanen
Kustantaja: Filmiverkko ry.
Paikka: Turku
Julkaisuvuosi: 2015
Journal: WiderScreen
Julkaisunumero: 1–2
eISSN: 1795-6161


The Western theme in computer and video games remains a little studied topic, despite the competitive nature and visibility of Western-themed entertainment, rodeo, fairground games and the game-like qualities of popularized Western stories. On the one hand the Western appears as a game genre in itself, with activities ranging from pistol shooting to horseback riding, but on the other hand it is a broader audiovisual thematic that can be pasted onto diverse kinds of games. Western-themed arcade games first appeared in the 1970s and, since then, the Wild West has been represented numerous times in video and computer games. The main focus in this article is to examine how Western themes were utilized and replicated in video games and how the reduction of these themes were often played to the extreme – in other words, how the West was remediated across different media.

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