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At the nexus of ludology and narratology: Advances in reality-based story-driven games

Authors
  • Chen, Lei
  • Dowling, David
  • Goetz, Christopher
Type
Published Article
Journal
F1000Research
Publisher
"F1000 Research, Ltd."
Publication Date
Jan 11, 2023
Volume
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.129113.1
PMID: 36875497
PMCID: PMC9978239
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Articles
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Abstract

Story-driven games are growing in popularity across a wide range of genres. However, the narrative potential of video games is still being debated, particularly in light of the so-called tension between gameplay and storytelling. This study proposes that rules and game mechanics perform narrative semiotic functions, offering a ludic grammar of interactive storytelling. Case studies of four representative games show through exploratory player action shaped by rules, the medium of video games can generate meanings that traditional media cannot, thereby better achieving their narrative goals.

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