Narrative theory of games
Work by Espen Aarseth as presented by Robert Pratten at the Interactive Narratives meetup
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Espen Aarseth is Associate Professor at the
Center of Computer Games Research, IT
University of Copenhagen
Author of Cybertext
Author of numerous papers on games and
Here’s the man himself: http://vimeo.com/7097715
More story = less game?
More game = less story?
Commonly held belief is that story and game don’t mix very well… That the
more story there is, so the less game there will be and vice versa.
Kernels Key events. “Narrative moments where the
course of events is decided” (Seymour
Chatman – 1978)
Satellites Minor events. “do not entail any choice, but
serve to flesh out the consequences and
details of the kernels” (Seymour Chatman –