"Infinite Time and Just a Little Bit of Mystery": Time, Theme, and Playability in 17776 and The Stanley Parable
Kathi Inman Berens
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Time in literature, Digital media
From a number of theoretical frameworks, such as media-specific analysis, playability, and the infinite canvas, I work to analyze the function of time as a mechanic in both 17776 by Jon Bois and The Stanley Parable published by Galactic Cafe. Through this analysis, my research highlights the ways in which both of these works use time as an element of their playability in order to foster emotional reaction from the player. This reaction creates an experience and awareness of the work’s thematic arguments and makes them apparent to the player. Because of this extensive use of time in two significant works of the last decade, I argue that time should be considered an essential mechanic that derives unique and foundational meaning within a digital text.
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Dutton, Rachel, ""Infinite Time and Just a Little Bit of Mystery": Time, Theme, and Playability in 17776 and The Stanley Parable" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 654.