The Unique Storytelling Power of Video Games

Shared Experience

The Last of Us Boston
The Last of Us creates emotional impact by forcing the player to play as multiple characters. Photo by Skush via Flickr.

Lore and Optional Dialogue

Aloy tackles a corrupter in Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn’s brilliant story is bolstered by its various text, audio, and video logs scattered throughout of the game — many of which are entirely optional. Photo by BagoGames via Flickr.

Player Empowerment

Player Disempowerment

Bloodborne’s protagonist stares down a church giant.
Everything in Bloodborne is designed to make the player feel like they exist in a world that’s not meant for them. Picture by Rob Obsidian via Flickr.

Controlling How the Player Controls

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