Game Dissonance (3): Elegant Narrative Design
Game Writing, Second Edition

Game Dissonance

Bioshock Jingwei

Game Dissonance was a three part serial that re-positioned the concept of 'ludonarrative dissonance' as merely a specific case of cognitive dissonance in the context of games, and explored the ways that games can trigger - and avoid - dissonance. The serial ran from September 30th to October 14th 2020. Each of the parts ends with a link to the next one, so to read the entire serial, simply click on the first link below, and then follow the “next” links to read on.

The three parts are as follows:

  1. What is Game Dissonance?
  2. The Aesthetic Flaws of Videogames
  3. Elegant Narrative Design

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