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Thursday, June 12 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Becoming Employee 427: The Stanley Parable

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Becoming Employee 427: The Stanley Parable
Diane Alken; presented by Jaymie Ludlow & Phil

The Stanley Parable (2013) is perhaps best described as “this interactive thing where you wander down hallways and a narrator makes fun of you for opening the wrong door” (Rossi, 2013). Specifically, this game breaks convention, rules, and questions what a video game is and is meant to be. The player follows the instructions of the sometimes encouraging/sarcastic/belittling narrator, but pivotal decisions in the game’s storyline and experience are made by the player; however, each decision is always influenced by the presence of the narrator, and what he wants you to experience throughout the game. In this paper, I will discuss how The Stanley Parable plays with narrative and structure, arguing that the true originality of the game lies in how it balances interactivity and storytelling; I will then describe my favourite ending and play-through of the game, and through my experience illustrate the power of the game’s meta-awareness.


Thursday June 12, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Festival Room

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