Enter the Dark: Sci-Fi, Conspiracies, and Feminism in Rare's Perfect Dark Series - A Critical Play Seminar

  • Posted on: 12 November 2015
  • By: dcollins

Presented by: Alex Karas
Trent University (Psychology, BSc.)
November 12th 2015, 7pm

Sadleir House 751 George Street North


The followup to their worldwide smash hit GoldenEye 007, the N64 title Perfect Dark was Rare's attempt at a shooter with an original storyline, set in its own fictional universe. Although met with respectable sales and universal critical acclaim upon its release (some indeed dubbed it "perfect") the series then lapsed into obscurity until its revival in 2010 by Microsoft. This presentation will aim to show that Perfect Dark, as well as being an excellent video game in its own right, is much more than that: it is a carefully crafted love letter to science fiction cinema, a repository of 20th-century conspiracy lore and a (pun intended) rare example of a feminist sci-fi game in an era when female protagonists were almost unheard of.

Featured Games: Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64), GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Perfect Dark Zero (if available; Xbox 360).