The Underappreciated Impact of Indie Narrative Games

Indie narrative games such as Life is Strange, What Remains of Edith Finch, That Dragon Cancer and so on, have become an increasingly controversial and underappreciated form of video game in the past few years. They have however remained one of my favourite genres of games and thus have become my focus for this DA.

I plan on unpacking the structural aspects of these games as well as theorising how the almost sole reliance on narrative within these games affects the player.

Estimated Timeline for DA

From weeks 5-7 I will be posting a summary of each of the video essays to gain feedback on as well as engage with their prospective audiences. This gives you a chance to get involved in this project so be sure to follow this blog as well as my social media which I will link below.

Each of the three video essays will consistent of a deconstruction of one of the aforementioned topics, as well as how it applies to their assigned games (Video 1: Life is Strange etc.) which I will also be including my own gameplay of.

It is important to keep in mind however that this project is still in it’s very early stages of development and is expected to change throughout the development process.

Links Useful for Future Research

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References

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Stock Footage

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Research

Buckler, M. (2018). A History of the Videogame Narrative. The Amherst Student. [online] Available at: https://amherststudent.amherst.edu/article/2012/10/31/history-videogame-narrative.html [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Consalvo, Mia 2003. Zelda 64 and Video Game Fans A Walkthrough of Games, Intertextuality, and Narrative. 
Television & New Media. 4(3) 321–334.

YouTube. (2019). Fan Questions Answered By DONTNOD. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jPeq1NzxF0 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

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