Anima ludus

Analytical psychology, phenomenology and digital games

Authored by: Steven Conway

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138666962
eBook ISBN: 9781315619163
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619163-30

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Abstract

I drive the Batmobile through downtown Gotham. Activating its turbine jet engine I reach enormous speeds of over 200 miles-per-hour (mph) in a matter of seconds; my vision blurs. As my sense of control lessens, anxiety emerges as a three-dimensional object spreading from stomach into shoulders and upper back. A strip of road undulates unexpectedly and I am fired into the air; reaching the trajectory’s apogee I lean back in my recliner chair pulling the PlayStation 4 thumbstick downwards; using the chair’s momentum I sling myself forward as the Batmobile begins its descent; I squash the thumbstick upwards as I land.

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