Epic video games: Narrative spaces and engaged lives

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Contemporary video games such as Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed are emerging as a new form of media departing from traditional games purely seen as problem-solving exercises. They represent a new creative direction enjoyed by a broader audience, similar to those of TV and cinema. At the same time, they are significantly different from TV and cinema, since they place the user at the center of interactions, allowing content creation and forming strong emotional bonds. This article discusses the role of narratives in these new epic games as the main driver behind their social appeal and commercial success. It also poses a number of questions in the context of architecture and the possible fusion of both architecture and narrative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


  • Video games
  • interactive media
  • narratives
  • storytelling


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