Some stories are puzzles that require time and patience. Bits of narrative may be hinted at, but not brought to the forefront. In these cases it’s our job to piece together the hidden meaning—one that requires a special type of aspirational understanding.
On this episode we invite Michael Abbott back from his podcast and blog duties at The Brainy Gamer to help us understand the purpose of aspirational reading in video games, and how it affects how we view the medium. What kind of experiences can we create through the ludo-narrative, as told by gameplay rather than what’s written? What ownership do we take of our gaming avatars, and what does that roleplaying mean? From Red Dead Redemption to Suda 51’s auteurship, the conversation results in several interesting points (and moves to some unexpected places).
A special thanks again goes out to Michael Abbott for all he does to continue a deeper conversation about video games and our perceptions of them.
Featuring music from the VVVVVV OST by Souleye