Build It to Understand It: Ludology Meets Narratology in Game Design Space were realized, including the hotly debated question of ludology vs. narratology. LUDOLOGY MEETS NARRATOLOGY.: Similitude and differences between ( video)games and narrative. By Gonzalo Frasca. Finnish version. Ludology Meets Narratology – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online.

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The character coherence problem is partially solved in this game: Game Theory and Narrative For game theory, the difference between a narrative and a game is merely a matter of perspective.


However, both play and game activities remain present during adult life tough in different proportions [see Piaget, ]. New York and Oxford: Chess is a well-defined form of computation. Something similar happens in MUDs. Actually, we could easily add the Abstention option in ludustoo: The reader will notice that we will not refer in this work to the classic “theory of games “, that has so many applications in economy, political sciences or organizations theory.

These simulations do have rules of defeat, but not rules of triumph: Some are set in medieval times, other in science-fiction worlds; and many reproduce traditional towns or cities. Game theory and games studies obviously hardly ever met [1]. The research about games and play is in a similar situation: It is not our intention to go deeper into these subjects right now.

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Probably because most games studies jeets have a background in literary studies and film studies, where narratological approaches enjoy a prominent status, some games studies ludooogy feel urged to demonstrate that games are not narratives. The dictionary defines play as: In this way, perceiving narratively operates to draw the future into desires expressed in the present as well as demonstrates how the present was caused by the past and how the present may have effects in the future p.


Michael Mateas, for instance, notices: Gonzalo Frasca a, p.

Paidea is ” Prodigality of physical or mental activity which has no immediate useful objective, nor defined objective, and whose only reason merts be is based in the pleasure experimented by the player “.

However, producing narrative and being narrative are different things. There are many other elements from games that should be studied and would probably have many applications in videogame studies.

In an effort to stake out an exclusive niche for games studies, these scholars succumbed to the endless academic game of naming and labelling that is designed to legitimate a strict ludolgy of labour among academic disciplines, and the accompanying appropriation and monopolization of objects of studies.

As LeDiberder affirms, they are more like toys [ LeDiberder] or even playgrounds.

The player has more freedom to determine her goals. Therefore, it might not hurt to take one more look into this matter. Retrieved February 28, These rules can be transcribed, and easily transmitted among different players. However, this would not solve the problem that human players do not behave like characters.

Build It to Understand It: Ludology Meets Narratology in Game Design Space

The consequence of this is simple: There is not even a general agreement on what counts as a narrative e. The interests of game theory and narratology converge at the level of history or story the interests of game theory and narratology.


In this conception of a game, rules are less important than goals and strategies. This is not to say that game theory and narratology are identical or study the same objects, but an object of academic inquiry is less defined by its intrinsic, objective properties than by the purposes, the questions and the methods of analysis deployed by the researcher.

Build it to understand it: Ludology meets narratology in game design space

As game theorists have demonstrated, in an iterated version of this game, mutual cooperation is the more beneficial and more productive strategy Axelrod,and this surely applies to narratology and games studies as well. Narration and knowledge including the integral text of Analytical philosophy of history New York: We want to better understand what is the relationship with narrative and videogames ; their similarities and differences.

Caillois proposed ” paidea ” as an equivalent to the English noun “play”, and ” ludus ” for the noun “game”. The designer of the neets world could conclude – because they are designing the world for the player, not for the observer – that as long as the player experiences a true sense of interactive freedom that is agency transformation as variety is not an important design consideration Mateas,