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Title: 99 Second Lives
Author: Gamboa, ML
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Leung, CarrianneHourie, Troy
Abstract: During the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the author reflects on a lifetime’s engagement in video game subcultures, mainly a 5-6 year period in the competitive Street Fighter tournament scene. Gamboa recollects their previous personas and lives through verse and prose fragments structured by a video game-like menu system. Through this game-like structure, the text embodies the influence of gaming on the narrator’s personal life and their perceptions of time, language and self. As the narrator matures and realizes their politics, sexuality, and gender identities, their values start to conflict with the cishet masculine apolitics of the communities they frequent. After paying tribute to their previous selves, Gamboa searches for an online space to call home, a place where they can begin again and realize their present and future selves.
Date: 2021-01
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