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1. Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt, Mark. The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community.

Degree: MA, 2020, University of Rochester

The Binding of Isaac, a video game created by Edmund McMillen, tells a reimagining of the Genesis 22 story of Isaac being nearly sacrificed to test his father's faith. This small game, where Edmund reflects on his childhood experience with Christianity, exploded into popularity, much to the surprise of the creator. Soon, a community started to form around The Binding of Isaac as people related to Isaac's struggle and isolation through the game. Through The Binding of Isaac, Edmund has created a community that engages Biblical themes and characters in an alternative form. To get a deeper understanding of The Binding of Isaac, the paper will first take a look at the history of video games and the controversies they have and continue to face. Next will be an analysis of The Binding of Isaac as it explores identity, trauma, transgender issues, and the mechanical god through gameplay. It also includes interviews from Edmund to provide more insight into the design of the game. The last section will explore how Edmund and the community have interacted with each other through puzzles and modifying The Binding of Isaac itself to further expand and deepen the community.

Subjects/Keywords: The Binding of Isaac; Isaac; Genesis 22; Video games; Community; Trauma; Identity; Transgender; Contextual theology

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APA (6th Edition):

Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt, M. (2020). The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community. (Masters Thesis). University of Rochester. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1802/35555

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt, Mark. “The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community.” 2020. Masters Thesis, University of Rochester. Accessed April 09, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1802/35555.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt, Mark. “The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community.” 2020. Web. 09 Apr 2020.

Vancouver:

Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt M. The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Rochester; 2020. [cited 2020 Apr 09]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1802/35555.

Council of Science Editors:

Loriot, Samuel A.; Brummitt M. The Binding of Isaac : the video game and its community. [Masters Thesis]. University of Rochester; 2020. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1802/35555

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