Moving Pixels Podcast

Mystery Stories in Video Games

by G. Christopher Williams

12 April 2010

This week we continue in our series on storytelling in video games by discussing the centrality of mystery to many video game narratives.
 

Curiouser and curiouser.

Given the tendency for “solution” to be an end goal in video games, it is probably unsurprising that solving a mystery is at the heart of many games’ plots.  In this edition of our six part series on stories told in video games, we look at the centrality of mystery to many video game narratives, including games that may or may not be considered traditional fare of the mystery genre.
  
Once again our contributors to the discussion include Rick Dakan, G. Christopher Williams, Nick Dinicola, and Thomas Cross.

 

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Join us next week as we consider the emergent narrative, a type of storytelling that is largely only found in gaming media.

Our podcast contributors:

G. Christopher Williams is the Multimedia Editor at PopMatters.com.  You can find his weekly updates featured at the Neuromance blog.

Rick Dakan is a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog as well as to the Gamma Testing podcast.

Nick Dinicola is also a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog.

Thomas Cross contributes frequently to the Multimedia section at PopMatters.com, and he also pens the Diamond in the Rough column for GameSetWatch.

 

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