Derek Noon

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Media Studies


Dr. Nick Dyer-Witheford


This thesis explores the potential of applying theories of Guy Debord and the Situationist Internationale (SI) to videogames. It argues that a fuller understanding of videogames can be obtained by applying several of the SI’s concepts to the digital medium. The concepts of unitary urbanism, unities of ambiance, drift, detournement, and situation, that were created to challenge our understanding of, and relationships with, real world spaces, can describe and inform the virtual spaces of videogames. This thesis also explores how the SI strove to turn a “love of play into a way of life” (Plant 71), and considers how videogames offer tantalizing possibilities to realize some of their ambitions, but are also interlaced with the spectacle the SI tried to revolt against.



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