Paper for FOOT 2013
This is, in its entirety, the paper I presented at FOOT 2013. This is not citable, and represents my thoughts on this topic in their very early formulations. As always, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In this paper, I explore the various strategies that semiologists and theatre studies academics have used in the ongoing attempts to grapple with the challenges transmedial, interactive narratives present to narratology’s analytic tools. By applying the strategies of previous semiologists to the sweeping Year Zero ARG by 42 Entertainment, I highlight the inadequacies, surprising compatibilities and possible solutions to the divide created between tools intended for stable texts and unstable content. The paper focuses on one specific event in the Year Zero ARG, and approaches analysing it from three different perspectives, using narrative world semantics as an anchoring through line. In doing so, this paper highlights the useful properties of narrative world semantics for bridging the narratology-vs-ludology divide, and simultaneously highlights the useful similarities between historic theatre practices and these newfound interactive and transmedial narrative forms.