Gamestudies.org http://gamestudies.org The international journal of computer game research Espen Aarseth Two Decades of Game Studies http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/aarseth_anniversary This issue of Game Studies marks the 20th anniversary of the journal. Marco Caracciolo Animal Mayhem Games and Nonhuman-Oriented Thinking http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/caracciolo This article discusses a recent strand of videogames that foreground disruptive animal characters in an urban environment. I link this “animal mayhem” to recent debates on the nonhuman, showing that videogames like Goat Simulator and Untitled Goose Game (my case studies) evoke the inherent strangeness of human-nonhuman connectedness. Filip Jankowski Beyond the French Touch: The Contestataire Moment in French Adventure Digital Games (1984-1990) http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/jankowski This article attempts to suggest a revision of the historical aesthetic category frequently called the “French Touch.” The article focuses on games that matched the contestataire moment in the history of France from three development circles (Froggy Software, Cobra Soft and François Coulon), arguing that they escape this traditional categorization. Emma Reay The Child in Games: Representations of Children in Video Games (2009 - 2019) http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/reay This paper examines representations of children in contemporary video games through content analysis. Using a sample of over 500 games published between 2009 and 2019, it identifies the dominant functions of child characters and documents patterns of representation across genres and over time. Martin Ricksand “Twere Well It Were Done Quickly”: What Belongs in a Glitchless Speedrun? http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/ricksand This article analyzes speedruns, the practice of beating a game as fast as possible. The article applies theories from the philosophy of sport as well as the philosophy of fiction, and outlines a way of how to adjudicate on what strategies may be employed in different kinds of speedruns. Eve Stirling, Jamie Wood \"Actual history doesn\'t take place\": Digital Gaming, Accuracy and Authenticity http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/stirling_wood This paper examines university students’ perceptions of how playing historical videogames has affected their understanding of the past. It focuses on how active engagement in gameplay affects perceptions of historical time and sense of place, in particular the relative importance of accuracy and authenticity. Agata Waszkiewicz, Mateusz Kominiarczuk Towards a Model of Objective-Based Reward Systems http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/waszkiewicz_kominiarczuk The article proposes a model of objective-based reward systems based on Gary Alan Fine’s frame analysis and Jesper Juul’s goal typology. The model reconceptualizes various reward-bound goals commonly encompassed under the categories “quests” and “achievements” in order to show them as non-homogenous and yet not dissimilar. Martin Roth Review: Who Are You? Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance Platform http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/roth_review Who Are You? Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance Platform (2020) by Alex Custodio. Cambridge, Massachusetts & London: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262044394. pp. 280. John Sharp Review: Transnational Play: Piracy, Urban Art, and Mobile Games http://gamestudies.org/2101/articles/sharp_review Transnational Play: Piracy, Urban Art, and Mobile Games (2020) by Anne-Marie Schleiner. Baltimore, Maryland: Project MUSE. ISBN: 9789048543946. pp. 182.