My name is Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon, PhD student in Comparative Literature and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. This webpage is the hub leading to all of the research projects I conduct in the context of my studies
My PhD research project tackles the space of Japanese arcades, also called game centers. I study the relationship between game software, machine design as well as the spaces in which players interact with them. This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through the Joseph-Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship as of May 2015.
This hub, as well as my research, is framed around the concept of Comparative Game Studies. Similarly to the tradition of Comparative Literature, this principle strives to achieve an understanding of “play” from a human perspective through the contextualization and comparison of games and ludic practices across cultures and locales. While I currently study the specific world of Japanese game centers, my interests cover a large range of ludic activities such as board games and sports, in other words, any activity susceptible of generating that elusive “magic circle”.