Critique of Game Production: The Case of Czechoslovak Amateur Computer Games

Guest Lecture


Florian Bettel , Ernst Strouhal


  • 09 January 2023– 13:30– Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich (seminar room 24)


Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Game Research, Amateure, Kalter Krieg, Computer Games, Video Games, Software Development


The guest lecture by Jaroslav Švelch is part of the seminar “Homo Ludens – Past and Present of Game and Play” (organised by Florian Bettel and Ernst Strouhal). Jaroslav Švelch is an assistant professor at Charles University, Prague. He is the author of the recent monograph “Gaming the Iron Curtain: How Teenagers and Amateurs in Communist Czechoslovakia Claimed the Medium of Computer Games” (MIT Press, 2018). He has published work on history and theory of computer games, on humour in games and social media. He is currently researching history, theory, and reception of monsters in games. For more information visit Jaroslav Švelch’s website:


Švelch, Jaroslav



  • Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich
  • Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
  • 1010 Wien
  • Österreich

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 30 September 2022, 09:07 | Edit Date: 26 January 2023, 13:16