Date of Award

3-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Kathi Inman Berens

Subjects

Time in literature, Digital media

DOI

10.15760/honors.669

Abstract

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.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/28046

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