Repetition, Reward and Mastery: The Value of Game Design Patterns for the Analysis of Narrative Game Mechanics

  • Teun DubbelmanEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10690)


This paper aims to expand existing knowledge on narrative game design. Specifically, the paper discusses the importance of game design patterns for the analysis of narrative game mechanics. By bringing together insights from cognitive narratology and game design theory, the paper creates a preliminary theoretical perspective for deconstructing the design of mechanic-driven narrative games. To support the theoretical argument, the paper discusses Papers, Please as case study.


Narrative game design Game analysis Cognitive narratology Ludology Game studies Interactive storytelling Game development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HKU University of the Arts UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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