magazén International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities

Rivista | magazén
Fascicolo monografico | 4 | 2 | 2023
Articolo | Mapping Our Digital Menagerie: A Monster Manual for the Megadungeon

Mapping Our Digital Menagerie: A Monster Manual for the Megadungeon

Relying on a comparison between the complex spatial organization of our current digital ecosystem and the ones from dungeons in role-playing games, this article analyzes the multiple entities that populate our computers, smartphones and video game consoles. Trolls, bugs, worms, conversational AI agents, NPCs, daemons, ghosts, Trojan horses and others are presented and discussed with a focus on their different degree of agency, ranging from human-controlled to having a certain degree of autonomy. By addressing how we coexist with such beings, this paper contributes to the nascent field of digital folklore.


Open access | Peer reviewed

Presentato: 20 Settembre 2023 | Accettato: 23 Novembre 2023 | Pubblicato: 19 Dicembre 2023 | Lingua: en

Keywords Digital culture Agency Digital folklore Monster Megadungeon

Subtags Visualisation Publication Works of Art Modelling Technology Communities Institutions Society Image data Environment Participation 3d data


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