Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Linage of Figures and Attributes of Xia Embodied in Chinese Xia Videogames
by Zhang, Yanchen, M.A., University of Southern California, 2020, 97; 28086806
Abstract (Summary)

Chinese videogames of the “Xia” (could be roughly translated to hero) genre are frequently criticized as an unchanging and stagnant genre of interactive entertainment in terms of both storytelling and game mechanics. In fact, such an impression toward Xia videogames is the unchanging and stagnant one, as they were only focusing on the second of the three waves of Chinese videogames. This thesis aims to examine the change of Xia figures in its cultural history with a much larger context and clarify this misconception by analyzing both the development of game mechanics and the increasingly ancient Xia figures and attributes revived in the three waves of Xia videogames.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bernards, Brian
Commitee: Goldstein, Joshua Lewis, Watson, Jeff
School: University of Southern California
Department: East Asian Area Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, Fine arts, Mass communications
Keywords: Chinese Culture, Chinese History, Martial Arts, Videogames, Xia
Publication Number: 28086806
ISBN: 9798664734645
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