Ludology

Authored by: Espen Aarseth

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510

10.4324/9780203114261.ch23

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Abstract

Ludology has been erroneously contrasted with narratology (narrative theory), but since the “ludologists” all used narrative theory in their approaches to games, this juxtaposition is misinformed and does not bear critical examination. The cause of this misunderstanding is the ludological critique of naive and untheoretical applications of narratology to games (and certainly not narratology as such) that were prevalent in the early years of game studies.

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