firewatch unit assignment

Firewatch Unit Assignment

The goal of this individual unit assignment is to analyze Firewatch as a narrative architecture. In this assignment, you will choose one of the plot devices discussed in lecture (listed below) and write an analysis essay on how this plot device is used in the game to forward the action of the story and whether or not is effective as a game mechanic or feature.

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Plot Devices

• Context

• Pacing

• Topology

• Dialogue

• Interface

• Quests

• Characters

• Cut Scenes

• Narrative Structure

• Artifacts

Content & Organization

1. Choose one plot device from the list.

Define the plot device.

State your thesis as to whether it is effective or not in terms of narrative and gameplay.

2. Explain how it is used as a narrative device. Provide evidence for your thesis (the one you stated earlier).

Give at least two concrete examples of how your plot device is used/not used as a narrative device. Relate it to your experience playing Firewatch, say what you observed. Include screenshots.

3. Explain how it relates to game play (interactivity). Provide evidence for your thesis (the one you stated earlier).

Give at least two concrete examples of how your plot device affects/does not affect game play. Relate it to your experience playing Firewatch, say what you observed. Include screenshots.

4. Conclusion

Explain the role of your plot device in the game.

How does it help the narrative? Do you find this device elsewhere (compare to other games you played)? What are your big take away ideas?

What is your overall evaluation of the game as a narrative architecture?

Formatting Criteria:

  • 2-3 pages of text in length (excluding screenshots and references)
  • Single spaced lines, Times New Roman (12pt), 1-inch margins
  • Using concepts from the class readings on narratives is mandatory.
  • Cite your sources (lecture slides, textbook, article). Use the APA style

Make sure to cite all ideas that are not yours. Plagiarized papers will not be accepted, resulting in zero points for this assignment.

  • Use at least 1 image from the game

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