The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies: Critical Essays

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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
McFarland, Nov 9, 2015 - Games & Activities - 208 pages
Since the emergence of digital game studies, a number of debates have engaged scholars. The debate between ludic (play) and narrative (story) paradigms remains the one that famously “never happened.” This collection of new essays critically frames that debate and urges game scholars to consider it central to the field. The essayists examine various digital games, assessing the applicability of play-versus-narrative approaches or considering the failure of each. The essays reflect the broader history while applying notions of play and story to recent games in an attempt to propel serious analysis.
 

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Contents

The Ludic and Narrative as Dialectic About What Games Do Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
1
Or How Not to Get Lost in the Branching Narrative System Lindsey Joyce
17
States of Play in State of Decay Andrew Wackerfuss
28
Game Narrative and Storyworld in League of Legends Emily Joy Bembeneck
41
Beyond Two Souls and the PlayerViewer in Contemporary Cultural Anxieties Eric W Riddle
57
The Interaction of Play and Narrative in Persona 3 Mark Filipowich
69
Halo as Participatory Myth Vince Locke
86
NarrativeLudic Fusion in Deus Ex Human Revolution Alexandra Orlando and Matthew Schwager
97
The Search for Redemption and the Repetition of Atrocity Amy M Green
125
BioShock Infinite and the Constants and Variables of Control Matthew Wysocki and Betsy Brey
145
Character and Competition in Street Fighter Nicholas Ware
158
Rethinking the Magic of the Magic Circle Robert Mejia
171
Of Lumpers and Splitters Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
187
About the Contributors
193
Index
197
Copyright

AvatarPlayer Self Reflexivity in Assassins Creed II Tom Apperley and Justin Clemens
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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell teaches American studies and humanities at San Jose State University. He lives in San Jose, California.

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