UCI Press Features Bo Ruberg

20 Oct, 2020

UCI Press Features Bo Ruberg

BCNM alum, Bo Ruberg is featured in the University of California Press as they have recently joined colleagues in film and media studies and art history as an associate editor of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism! Bo is interviewed by fellow associate editor, Lucas Hilderbrand where they are asked about their recent book, The Queer Games Avant-Garde: How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games.

From Q/A:

[Hilderbrand] I thought I’d start out by asking: was there a particular video game that first prompted you to see games differently?

[Bo] Like a lot of game studies scholars, I’ve been a game player (the term “gamer” is complicated) for a long time. I started with Apple II games on clunky school computers and ended up playing console video games a lot through middle school and high school as a way to connect to the people I cared about. The first games I loved were also ones I had some of the strangest, most powerful experiences with. Mario 64 is still my favorite video game of all time, and I know it so well I sometimes dream in that space. I’d never played a console game before playing Mario 64, and we didn’t have a lot of access to technology at home, so the first time I picked it up I thought I’d acquired this magical power to control the television set. That moment fundamentally reoriented my relationship to media.

To read the full interview click here!