Federico Alvarez Igarzábal

Federico Alvarez Igarzábal




Federico Alvarez Igarzábal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health in Freiburg, Germany. His book Time and Space in Video Games. A Cognitive-Formalist Approach examines how different aspects of time perception (including those described in this article) interact with the medium of the video game, and will be published in January 2020.

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Video games that transport us into states of flow

How to open a time portal

When a video game world gets hold of a player's attention, the player loses track of time, and with enough practice, can even move automatically. This is how seemingly impossible temporal mechanics warp our realities.

Federico Alvarez Igarzábal