Animesh Dhara, a final year M.A. Student from the Department of English, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad (UoH), presented a paper titled “Living the American Dream: Playlist GTA in the Third World Country” at the International Conference on Games and Narrative (ICGaN) 2023, held at The Games Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada from 15-19, May 2023.

Animesh Dhara

This annual conference was organised in hybrid mode by the Games Institute, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo, advancing the study of interactive and immersive technologies and experiences. Animesh’s paper discussed the influence of the GTA game series on teenagers from developing nations, particularly India, and how it shapes their perception of the American Dream. The conference provided a platform for intense discussions on the latest research in the field of video games study and game narratives. The participants also had an opportunity to showcase their self-developed games in the Game Jam and Academic Game streaming sessions.

The keynote speakers for the conference were Dr. Mia Consalvo, Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design, Concordia University; Dr. Mark Wolf, Professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University; Jacub Szamalek, an award-winning novelist, video games writer and a Cambridge Gates Scholar; Dr. Kishonna Gray, an Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Animesh Dhara is the only Indian Student to participate and present his paper in ICGaN 2023.