Hosts: Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd
Metal guys. The bears of the straight world.
Come to February Jank on Demand!
What’d we play?: 7:20
Timo, Todd, Megan: Apocalypse World
Scott: X-Wing, The Star Wars Card Game
Todd: Questlord and Dragon’s Dogma
Megan: Borderlands 2
Timo: Uncharted 2
Story, Mechanics, and Dynamical Meaning
Braid designer Jonathan Blow suggests that story and mechanics in video games are often at odds.
Mechanics are meaningful, he suggests, something he calls “dynamical meaning,” and they are not often paired well with the stories the games are trying to tell. We explore this idea in RPGs, discussing games such as D&D, Misspent Youth, Hell 4 Leather, Apocalypse World, Fiasco, Dogs in the Vineyard, and more, to examine how the mechanics of games provide meaning that may or may not service the stories people are trying to tell.
Timo- Don’t be entitled, people, especially not at Dim Sum.
Scott: I like independent content delivery.
Todd: A funny thing happened on the L…
Megan: Learn small details, like what flowers I like.
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