Black Joy Within Gaming Culture

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The conversations academics and news outlets have about the intersection of Blackness and gaming has focused primarily on the acts of vitriol, racism, and discrimination. While these conversations are certainly warranted, they are also incomplete. Such approaches fail to consider the ways in which Black-identified people express and experience Black joy as a way of playing against, as a politics of resistance that opposes the hegemonic white supremacist forces that inform the industry and American society in unique ways. In this chapter I will define Black joy as mode of expression, explore how Black joy surfaces in the fan and creation practices of Black gamers, and reflect on the critical (and personal) potential for thinking about community-building as worldbuilding.

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Javon Goard

Johns Hopkins University

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