The Interplay of Thematic and Ludological Elements in Western-Themed Games

Junnila, M. (Speaker), Reunanen, M. (Contributor), Tero Heikkinen (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


The Wild West has been productized and remediated a number of times over the last hundred of years – and even earlier than that. Dime novels and Wild West shows of the 1800s already presented a romantic, codified version of frontier life with its heroes and villains, and later media in the form of radio plays, movies, comics and tv series have all contributed to the same process in their own particular ways. Computer and video games are a relative newcomer in this string of remediations, distilling the essential elements of the Western even further into archetypal scenes, characters and modes of play.
Period29 Jun 2017
Event titleGame History: The Rise(s) and Fall(s) of (Video) Game Genres
Event typeConference
LocationMontreal, Canada
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • video games
  • computer games
  • cinema
  • genre