Videogame Narrative

Looks relevant:
Narrative in Videogames by Patrick Holleman on The Game Design Forum

Designing Game Narrative from HitBox Team: good graphics too
“In games, you can discover further depth from doing the scene. With interactivity, you now get to experience the story firsthand.”
“Narrative isn’t automatically a crucial component in games, as it often is in film or literature. Interactivity is the defining feature of games – and indeed, games that excel in their gameplay are most often great games.”

The difference between (video)games and narrative, which is an introduction to ludology

Games and Narrative: international research group on interactive and computer game narrative

Plot is Overrated: Game narrative is all about your characters

Narrative in Video Games Are video games an effective storytelling medium?

Narrative in Games, good introduction

NCTE on Videogames in the Classroom and Narrative

Using User Research to Improve Game Narrative
“gamers struggle to remember even their favorite game narratives (in contrast to other media), only remembering big moments or characters in isolation”

Narrative and Ludic Nexus in Computer Games, scholarly paper

Theorising Video Game Narrative, a master’s thesis

A Model of Videogame Narrative Architectures

Less useful to what I am looking for, but interesting:
Narrative, Games, and Theory on Game Studies

Narrative and Videogame Design, English course syllabus

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  1. Gamers often throw around the term “escapism” when talking about their hobby, but this is a hollow explanation for what actually motivates us to play games. In fact, the word “escape” contains some negative implications – suggesting that those who play games feel a need to break free from the mundane slavery of their reality. We enjoy retreats to other realities – ones more fantastical than our own – but we aren’t always driven to play games because we are trying to escape our lives. The real motivations for play are far more complex, and games fulfill several real-world human needs in a number of positive ways.

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