Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Aarseth states in his essay, "games are games, a rich and extremely diverse family of practices, and share qualities with performance arts, material arts, and verbal arts" (p. 47). So then, I think it's important to ask why we feel the need to group video games into a different category. Why do we study video games as narrative? I understand (Mark) that video games do have strong narrative components, some more than others, but I think they are clearly their own thing.

Anyway my questions is simply why does academia lump video games into narrative? Or is it just because everything is narrative in this postmodern world of ours?


At 8:35 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

The academia probably wants to address it as an upcoming culture and so it feels the need to analyze why it has grown to be such a huge industry?
thats my best guess..

and yes, video games do have narratives as films but the only difference is.. movies are someone else's perception of a topic or an issue. Whereas, games are your personal point of I said before-a very personal experience.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger JK said...

The traditional roll or function of narrative studies may be the answer of this Q. Narrative studies have taught us that how stories constructed and what factors can get people's consent...This is the strategy for making story, and academic's purpose... i think...(sometimes feel great funny despite story is very you have like this?)

Postmodern came from the resistant of modern which immoderately emphasized the ration, structure, and objectivity. So post-ist gave up the basic frame of modern's. However like this de-construct also have a frame - this frame is made up with focusing on the meaning and basic inspiration of contents via abandon of frame.

So my opinion is that it is needed to define games, but like Nick's opinion, that is a waste of labor to use old theories for defining game – paganism of tradition.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger flook said...

Do we agree on this? Wow, the end really is near.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Curtisgeist said...

Aarseth is insisting "games are games," to say "[video] games are games."

Feel free to disagree, I sure do. I don't even agree on what narratives are, now we have to muddy things up by insisting that video games are games because they have the word game in them and people are said to "play" them.

The test of higher-learning is to see who can pass through without going nuts.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I have to agree with nick here. Narrative is certainly a tool to look at games but game theory is a very different field.

I do think using narrative theory can give an excellent start to seeing how the game draws int he player but is by no means the only way.



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