Seriality's Ludic Promise: Film Serials and the Pre-History of Digital Gaming

Scott Higgins


This essay explores the American Sound Serial film as part of a continuum to which digital gaming may also belong. By drawing on concepts derived from the study of video games, this study broadens our understanding of youth-oriented films produced in Hollywood from the 1930s to the mid 1950s. In turn, this  provides a new vantage on continuities between old and new serial forms, and sheds light on digital gaming’s pre-history.


Seriality; Serials; Ludology; Phenomonology; Huizinga; Juul; Jenkins; Narrative Architecture; Digital

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