My name is Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon. Welcome to my research.
I am a SSHRC-funded PhD student enrolled in the programs of Humanities Computing and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. I was granted an MA degree from the East Asian Studies department at McGill University, Montréal, and right after I left for Japan to study video game culture throught the Monbukagakusho Fellowship program. During my two years there, I engaged with diverse aspects of Japanese game culture, but it was the game centre scene (video game arcade) that struck me the most as being unique and under-explored. My interest in these venues kept growing; I continued to visit as many game centres that I could in diverse areas. I eventually decided to make it my PhD research project. The goal of my research is to look at these spaces from the perspective of social affordances, looking at how the assemblage of game software, game cabinet and game center space is leading people to interact in specific ways, as well as how people subvert these affordances.
This blog is dedicated to my current research on arcade culture in Japan. I will post about some of the findings I make as I go along as well as information about my various academic outings, including research trips and conference travels. This is my way of reaching out to communities beyond academia, and also let people know what I am up to these days.