The Mustang Diaries A study of Mexico in Red Dead Redemption 1

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Javier Aldape

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Can a form of play be used to portray the past in popular culture? Can a person engage in such an act and acquire agency of a particular time in history? Play constitutes many forms—but for  the sake of this paper, it will be used in the context of video games. Using the two main schools of thought for the study of these, narratology and ludology, I intend to highlight the potential for games to not only recreate history but also interact with events and how they can provide new ways of understanding history. I will focus mainly on the Mexican Revolution and the U.S.-Mexico border relations in Rockstar’s epic western: Red Dead Redemption 1.

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Aldape, J. . (2022). The Mustang Diaries : A study of Mexico in Red Dead Redemption 1. Revista Panamericana De Comunicación, 4(2), 21–34. https://doi.org/10.21555/revistapanamericanadecomunicacin.v4i2.2699
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Javier Aldape, Texas A&M University, College Station TX, Hispanic Studies

Ha trabajado en la Universidad de Texas A&M por mas de 10 años. Actualmente es el subdirector de la Maestría en Analítica ofrecida por la Facultad de Administración Mays. Anteriormente, era  representante estudiantil en la ofcina de admisiones de la misma entidad donde se encargaba de  reclutar alumnos en todo el estado de Texas. Es estudiante de doctorado en el departamento de  estudios hispánicos en Texas A&M y el área de su investigación tiene que ver con la representación  latina en los videojuegos. Se enfoca principalmente en como la cultura se presenta en estos medios a  través de espacialidad, banda sonora, jugabilidad y narratología.

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