Nick Webber is an Associate Professor in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. He holds a PhD in Medieval History, and his research focuses on (video)games, cultural history and identity. He is co-lead of Games@STEAMhouse, a support programme for the games industry in and around Birmingham.
Nick’s paper asks, What does it mean for a video game to be described as ‘British’? Must it be made in Britain? Made by British people? Full of Monty Python jokes? The British label can be hugely significant in the life of a video game – unlocking tax relief, for example, or attracting public support – and our government uses British video game successes to promote the nation. The paper explores some of the ways in which video games can be understood as ‘British’, who that Britishness is for, and the contribution those games make to British cultural identity.