Narrative Checkpoint

We’re at the halfway point for this Digital Artefact so here are a few updates since my pitch.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The biggest pieces of feedback from my pitch would have to have been the lack of research elaborated on within the post, as well as a failure to incorporate enough relevant material from the BCM215 lectures themselves. I hope to rectify that with this post.

Technological Context

“the independent video game is a form of free expression – not limited by the constraints of a major game publisher, or by what market research dictates. Thus, according to this narrative, the developer invests in the product his or her own ‘original’ creative input. In this view, his or her unique vision of game design is brought into the video game, making it a direct expression of personal, individual feelings and thoughts.”

(Ruffino 2012, p. 115)

From the quote above as well as my pitch, you can probably guess that I want to take a humanistic approach in the research of this artefact. The connection that is made between a creator and their game and simultaneously the game and player, is something of high interest to me, especially in regards to indie narrative games as they provide a unique opportunity for developers to incorporate something ‘personal’ into the game that can potentially be explored in a larger way within this context.

Structuralism Vs Post-Structuralism

My DA is interesting in the way that it doesn’t neatly fit into either the Structuralist or Post-Structuralist way of analysing these games.

On the surface my pitch and beta portray a structuralist framework for analysis, as my focus it to analyse these three games based on elements of their structure: their characters, story, and music.
However, beneath this analysis lies another layer of post-structuralism in which I am examining the affect these elements have on the player as well as their reception and connection to the developer.

I want to further investigate the psychological aspects of why these narratives and features have such an important role within the structure of the games themselves.

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References

GAME FOOTAGE

YouTube. (2019). Gone Home – Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5KJzLsyfBI

YouTube. (2019). Journey Launch Trailer I Coming July 21 I PS4 Exclusive. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU3nNT4rcFg

YouTube. (2019). Life is Strange – Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRhaXfvG_0

STOCK FOOTAGE

YouTube. (2019). Sky Clouds Wind Heaven Weather Atmosphere High – Stock free footage. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB_pv5WUlZU&list=PLx-qGAzjv13c00FYZMLAJm65WjsT3ZmDR&index=7

RESEARCH

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

Rose, M. (2013). How indies made an impact on a generation of game consoles. [Blog] Indie Games Plus. Available at: https://indiegamesplus.com/2013/11/how_indies_made_an_impact_on_a.

Ruffino, P. (2012). Narratives of independent production in video game culture. Indie, Eh?, 7(11), p.111

IMAGES

Flaticon. (2019). Twitter free vector icons designed by Freepik. [online] Available at: https://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/twitter_124021.

WordPress Swag Store. (2019). WordPress 3″Round Sticker. [online] Available at: https://mercantile.wordpress.org/product/wordpress-3round-sticker/.

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

Follow for Updates

Twitter: @lu_suey
Insta: @lu.suey
Tumblr: @lusuey

References

Game Footage

YouTube. (2019). Gone Home – Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5KJzLsyfBI [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). Journey Launch Trailer I Coming July 21 I PS4 Exclusive. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU3nNT4rcFg [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). Life is Strange – Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRhaXfvG_0 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). Night In The Woods Trailer – NEW DATE: FEBRUARY 21st. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u17kM8oSz3k [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). OXENFREE: LAUNCH TRAILER. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAhrOoNR4ng [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). The Walking Dead: Episode 1 Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40uY51s5Z0 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). What Remains of Edith Finch Official Launch Trailer. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0kKF5f8nS0 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Stock Footage

YouTube. (2019). Sky Clouds Wind Heaven Weather Atmosphere High – Stock free footage. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB_pv5WUlZU&list=PLx-qGAzjv13c00FYZMLAJm65WjsT3ZmDR&index=7 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

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].

Images

Burning in Water. (2019). Burning in Water. [online] Available at: https://cathbarielle1976.wordpress.com/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Flaticon. (2019). Twitter free vector icons designed by Freepik. [online] Available at: https://www.flaticon.com/free-icon/twitter_124021 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Full Bright Company. (2019). Gone Home. [online] Available at: https://fullbright.company/gonehome [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Giant Bomb. (2019). Journey Review. [online] Available at: https://www.giantbomb.com/reviews/journey-review/1900-479/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Imcclass.com. (2019). tumblr-logo. [online] Available at: https://imcclass.com/2012/10/04/tumblr-the-new-frontier-of-advertising/tumblr-logo/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

Instagram Brand. (2019). Instagram Brand Resources. [online] Available at: https://en.instagram-brand.com/assets/icons [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].

WordPress Swag Store. (2019). WordPress 3″Round Sticker. [online] Available at: https://mercantile.wordpress.org/product/wordpress-3round-sticker/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2019].