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      Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Narrative Aesthetics in Video Games 

      Storytelling in the Age of Video Games: : The Fall of Traditional Storytelling and the Rise of Multidimensionality

      Peter Lang
      Video Games, Narrative, Philosophy, Greek Tragedy, Aristotle, Mimesis, Diegesis, Catharsis

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          Storytelling has always been an intrinsic part of human nature even from ancient times, as people considered it to be a way to unite through common experiences. Through the course of time, people strived to tell intricate stories in more elaborate ways, continually seeking ways to idealize the narrative methods and media. Consequently, as societies progressed so did the storytelling methods; constantly evolving and reaching unprecedented levels of immersion. This chapter will provide insight on video games as a storytelling medium, addressing the ways they can be “read” and how they managed to gradually detach themselves from previously existing media, thus indicating a potential shift in modern storytelling norms. To do so, the chapter will provide an empirical analysis of four video games, each corresponding to a stage of the Greek Tragedy, in an attempt to weave the Aristotelean Theory into video games, while construing their differences and similarities.

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