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Narrative Mechanics - Strategies and Meanings in Games and Real Life

English · Paperback / Softback

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What do stories in games have in common with political narratives?This book identifies narrative strategies as mechanisms for meaning and manipulation in games and real life. It shows that the narrative mechanics so clearly identifiable in games are increasingly used (and abused) in politics and social life. They have »many faces«, displays and interfaces. They occur as texts, recipes, stories, dramas in three acts, movies, videos, tweets, journeys of heroes, but also as rewarding stories in games and as narratives in society - such as a career from rags to riches, the concept of modernity or market economy. Below their surface, however, narrative mechanics are a particular type of motivational design - of game mechanics.

About the author

Beat Suter (PhD), born in 1962, works as lecturer and researcher in game design at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and manages GameLab and Game Archive. He has a PhD in literary studies.

René Bauer, born in 1972, studied German philology and literary studies, biology and computer linguistics at the University of Zurich. He works as lecturer, researcher, and Head of Master education in game design at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

Mela Kocher (PhD), born in 1972, works as senior researcher in Game Design at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). After publishing her dissertation in 2007 on aesthetics and narratology in video games, she spent two years on a post-doc project at the University of California, San Diego.

Product details

Authors René Bauer, Mela Kocher, Beat Suter
Assisted by Ren Bauer (Editor), René Bauer (Editor), Mela Kocher (Editor), Beat Suter (Editor)
Publisher Transcript
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 01.01.2021
EAN 9783837653458
ISBN 978-3-8376-5345-8
No. of pages 362
Dimensions 149 mm x 25 mm x 227 mm
Weight 561 g
Illustrations Dispersionsbindung, 30 SW-Abbildungen, 134 Farbabbildungen
Series Edition Medienwissenschaft
Media Studies
Media Studies (COL)
Edition Medienwissenschaft 82
Subjects Social sciences, law, business > Media, communication > Media science

Media, Media Studies, Culture, Popular Culture, Digital Media, Media Aesthetics, game design, Computer Games, Game Studies, auseinandersetzen

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