This book is devoted to emotional and narrative immersion in the experience of gameplay. The focus of our research is the complex interplay between the story and mechanics in digital games. Our goal is to demonstrate how the narrative and the ludic elements together can form unique player experiences. The volume is a collection of case studies involving close reading of selected independent titles, with focus placed on the themes, motifs and experimental approaches to gameplay present therein.
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Table of Contents
The Mechanics of the Fantastic
The Flux of Soundscape and Landscape and the Fictional World
Agency, Complicity and Gothic Insanity
The Mechanics of Mindscape and Perception of Humanity in a Retrofuturistic World
The Mediated Avatar and Jouissance-less Victory
Invading the Player's Environment
Immersion, Virtual Reality and the Player Experience