Being There: Historic City as a Virtual Playground

The relationship between the novel and the city has entire college courses dedicated to it and cultural policymakers aiming to promote their cities can often be found to turn to authors and filmmakers to champion their causes. Even the once lowly comic books are being drafted to the cause of sharing urban histories due to the increasing recognition of their unique ability to offer an intimate narrative.

However, video games, despite being the fastest growing form of entertainment, rarely enter into this discussion, even though the field of video game studies is burgeoning in many universities across the globe.

During my presentation at the Imagining Istanbul Workshop, held on May 17 2013, I discussed the potential contribution of video games in sharing and promoting the image of a historical city. Taking the series Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Studios, 2007-2013), which frames its narrative through different cities across historical periods, as an example, I discussed the unique potential of video games in presenting the historical city as a navigable space. The intellectual framework, and the primary inspiration for this presentation was a 2004 article by Henry Jenkins titled “Game Design as Narrative Architecture“.
Highlighting the importance of spatial construction to both the creation of narrative immersion and player agency, Jenkins argues that game designers should be understood “less as storytellers and more as narrative architects”.

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Game designers don’t simply tell stories; they design worlds and sculpt spaces.

As the exploration of space takes the primary mechanic through which the audience interacts with the narrative structure of the game, video games are uniquely able to project the sense of presence and present a multitude of opportunities to explore cityscapes and their histories.

While such an understanding of games and their interaction of spaces are not foreign to game designers or scholars of the field, as part of the mission of Imagining Istanbul workshop, I aimed to cultivate a broader appreciation of the possibilities inherent within the medium and the lively following the session filled me with hope that the event was a success.

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Şehre tepeden bakmak // viewing the city

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Pierre Loti’de şehre ya da manzaraya tepeden bakan yalnızca mezar taşları değil. Yeşillikler içinde bir bahar günü gördüğümüz bu manzara kimilerini başka bir dünyaya götürüyor, içsel bir yolculuğa davet ediyor, kimileriyse anı yakalamak ve hapsetmek arzusuyla fotoğraf çekerken, anı elinden kaçırdığının bilincinde olamıyor.

Viewing the city from a distance or experiencing it like a labyrinth…
In Pierre Loti, it is not only the tombstones that are viewing the city from a distance. This scenery in green in a spring day, carry some to other worlds, by inviting them to an interior journey. Others are taking photos in order to capture the moment, not realizing that they are missing it.

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İSTANBUL İMGELERİ / Imag(in)ing Istanbul

17 Mayıs 2013 tarihinde Doğuş Üniversitesi’nde düzenlenecek uluslararası çalıştayda İstanbul imgeleri, tahayyülleri, ve popüler kültür arasındaki etkileşimler tartışılacak. // An international workshop to be held at Doğuş University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, on the circulation of Istanbul’s urban images and imaginaries.

(Sergi Doğuş Üniversitesi Acıbadem Yerleşkesi H Blok Fuaye Salonu’nda, diğer etkinlikler ise H Blok 5. kat Cemal Koç Seminer Odası’nda gerçekleştirilecektir.)

Program:

10:00- 10:30

Hoşgeldiniz ve Öğrenci Sergi Açılışı “İstanbul Tahayyülleri” // Welcome and the Opening of the Student Exhibition “Imagining Istanbul”

10.30-11.15

Graham Swift’in “Seraglio”: Avrupa’nın Ötekisi Olarak Türkiye // Graham Swift’s “Seraglio”: Turkey as Europe’s Other, Erhard Reckwitz, University of Essen

11:15-11:30 Kahve Arası /Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Julia Pardoe’nun Sultanlar Şehri: Yazıdan görüntüye, dünden bugüne dönüşen ve dönüştürülen kent imgeleri  // The City of the Sultans by Julia Pardoe: Urban Images and Imaginaries in Circulation, İlke Şanlıer ve Esra Almas, Doğuş Universitesi

Pierre Loti: Ölüm ve Öteki // Pierre Loti: Death and the Other, Aydın Çam, Galatasaray Universitesi

12:30 – 14:00 Öğle Yemeği // Lunch

14:15 – 15:15

Dalgın Sular: Bir Dergi…. Bir Serüven… Bir Vicdanlar Buluşması  // Dalgın Sular: A Magazine… An Adventure, and a Meeting of Hearts, İskender Savaşır

15:15-15:30 Kahve Arası // Coffee Break

15:30- 16:30

Pera’da bir Yabancı: Alman Lisesi // A Stranger in Pera: Deutsche Schule Istanbul, Aslı Vatansever, Doğuş Universitesi

Assassin’s Creed: Sanal Oyun Bahçesi Olarak İstanbul // Assassin’s Creed: Historic Istanbul as a Virtual Playground Erinç Salor, The University of Amsterdam

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Köprüler…

Fotoğraf: Aygen Mertol

Fotoğraf: Aygen Mertol

Köprüler her zaman sadece iki yakayı bir araya getirmez. Aynı zamanda kişinin üzerinden şehri “anlayabileceği” bakış açısını sağlayan bir araç da olabilir.

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Bridges do not always simply link; they also function as an epistemological tool, a place from which one “embraces” the city.

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