DepositGame Fiction

“Game Fiction” provides a framework for understanding the relationship between narrative and computer games and is defined as a genre of game that draws upon and uses narrative strategies to create, maintain, and lead a user through a fictional environment. Competitive, ergodic, progressive (and often episodic), game fictions’ primary goal must include the actualization of predetermined events. Building on existing game and new media scholarship and drawing from theories of narrative, cinema, and literature, my project details the formal materiality that undergirds game fiction and shapes its themes. In doing so, I challenge the critiques of narrativism levied at those scholars who see a relationship between computer games and narrative forms, while also detailing the ways that computational media alter and reform narratological preconceptions. My study proposes a methodology for discussing game fiction through a series of ‘close playings,’ and while not intended to be chronological or comprehensive, provides a model for understanding narrative and genre in this growing field.

TopicProse fiction panels at MLA

The session sponsored at the upcoming MLA by the Prose Fiction forum is: 316. Cli-Fi: Climate Change and Narrative Fiction Friday, 8 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 409, JW Marriott Presiding: Wai Chee Dimock, Yale Univ. 1. “Ecocatastrophic Nightmares in Recent Experimental Fiction,” Courtney Traub, Univ. of Oxford 2. “Climate-Change Fiction and the Future Anterior,” Richard […]

TopicClimate Fiction Contest

Enter ASU’s Climate Fiction Short Story Contest First prize: $1,000 Judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson Submit your story! Climate change is a creeping calamity, ever-present but so gradual and pervasive that it can be tough to grasp. Climate fiction, an emerging subgenre of speculative storytelling, can help us imagine human futures shaped […]

ReplyReply To: French science-fiction

“At Portland State University,…” OMG,  Grace Dillon, one of the essayists in our collection Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars, teaches at your school. You get old enough (let’s just say a couple years beyond 60) and you start to *know everybody*!  Tell Grace I said “Hi” and “Milli gwetch”–that “thanks” in Anishinaabe. -Glo ==================Bio of Grace […]