Gabrielle Elvery

Research title: Pieces of Heart: Video Games, Affect and The Digital Fantastic

Research Summary

Gabe is researching the Fantastic in single-player, narrative-driven video games. Their project will explore whether its effective use facilitates affective engagement with digital fantasy worlds and whether this digital affect has the potential to impact the emotional wellbeing of players in their off-screen lives. Gabe’s research will develop a new kind of reader reception theory by investigating whether literary analysis of video games has practical applications and corresponds with the experiences of players. The end result will make available a fuller understanding of the affordances, implications and impact of the Digital Fantastic.

Gabe’s research interests include the following fields:

-              Game Studies

-              Fantasy Theory

-              Fan Studies

-              Posthumanism

-              Reception Theory

-              Affect in literature and new media

Personal website and research blog




- University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab: 05/08/2020, £100, Digital Heroisms Symposium


- Guide at Fantasy Night at the Museum, 2017

- Presented at GIFCON, 2018: The instability of knowledge: Three types of fear in the works of H.P. Lovecraft

- Presented at Ludic Literature: The Converging Interests of Writing, Games and Play, (funded by SGSAH), 2019: The Digital Fantastic

Panel Chair for Afterlives: College of Arts Annual Postgraduate Conference, 2020: Spectres of Memory: Haunted Histories and Fantastic Temporalities


Additional Information


- Member of the University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab

- Vice Editor of Press Start Game Studies Journal


The University of Glasgow: 2017/2018, Alexander Dixon Scholarship (Bryce Bequest) for MLitt in English Literature

The University of Glasgow: 2019 - 2024 Lord Kevin/Adam Smith (LKAS) PhD Scholarship

Organisational Committees

- Social Representative of the Glasgow Digital and Social Change PGR Group

- Co-organiser of the Caledonian Game Studies Reading Group 

- Founding Board Member of the Digital Heroisms Symposium