Narrative theory of games

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Work by Espen Aarseth as presented by Robert Pratten at the Interactive Narratives meetup

Narrative theory of games

  1. 1. Espen Aarseth is Associate Professor at the Center of Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen Author of Cybertext Author of numerous papers on games and narrative. Here’s the man himself: http://vimeo.com/7097715
  2. 2. Story Game Experience A More story = less game? Experience B More game = less story? Commonly held belief is that story and game don’t mix very well… That the more story there is, so the less game there will be and vice versa.
  3. 3. Kernels Key events. “Narrative moments where the course of events is decided” (Seymour Chatman – 1978) Satellites Minor events. “do not entail any choice, but serve to flesh out the consequences and details of the kernels” (Seymour Chatman – 1978)

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