Frédéric Tordo : psychoanalysis of action in video games

The author recognizes action as a fundamental element of the video gamer’s psychology because, on the one hand, the gamer projects himself dynamically, through action, into the moving character, and, on the other hand, the gamer is going to have to represent these actions to himself as his own. But only in part, since it is important for the playful dimension that the player have fun seeing the representation of actions that are impossible for his own body. The virtual character is thus described as another self, both the double of oneself and necessarily different from oneself.

Adolescence, 2012, 30, 1, 119-132