Alesha Serada | Keywords in Play, Episode 22

“Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association.

Alesha Serada is a PhD student and a researcher at the University of Vaasa, Finland. Their dissertation, supported by the Nissi Foundation, discusses construction of value in games and art on blockchain. Inspired by their Belarusian origin, their research interests revolve around exploitation, violence, horror, deception and other banal and non-banal evils in visual media. In this episode we discuss Alesha’s paper “‘Died from Debeeration’: the Case of the First Belarusian Political Game” which characterises the game MENSKBand in the context of cultural, technical and political change in Belarus.


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