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“Making Sense in a Senseless World”: Disco Elysium’s Absurd Hero

Published Online: 14 Dec 2021
Page range: 80 - 89
Journal Details
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2346-5522
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15 Dec 2013
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1 time per year
Languages
English
Abstract

This article examines the representation of mental health issues in the computer role-playing game Disco Elysium by using Albert Camus’ theory of the absurd as a basis. Through his daily work routine as a detective, the protagonist Harry DuBois’ trauma unfolds through the course of the game while simultaneously revealing the psychosocial aspects of trauma. Interpreting Harry’s existential struggles as those of an absurd hero supports the idea that finding (greater) meaning is not a necessity when coping with trauma.

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