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Ephemeral Words, Ephemeral People: Suicide and Choice in Twine Games

Electronic Literature Conference 2015 - Bergen, Norway
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Anastasia Salter

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Transcript of Ephemeral Words, Ephemeral People: Suicide and Choice in Twine Games

Ephemeral Words,
Ephemeral People

Suicide and Choice
in Twine Games

Anastasia Salter
@anasalter

University of Central Florida
What player…would actually commit suicide, even virtually?

Aarseth, Espen. "Genre Trouble." 21 May 2004. Electronic Book Review.
The way that videogames have dealt with failure, primarily through protagonist death and trial-and-error, has generally been more concerned with games as rule sets than with games as narratives. As a result, games which appear to tell stories often become incoherent.

Tocci, Jason. "'You Are Dead. Continue?': Conflicts and Complements in Game Rules and Fiction." Eludamos. Journal for Computer Game Culture 2.2 (2008): 187-201.
Marjorie C. Luesebrink describes “text erasure” as embracing “self-undermining, undecidability, disdain for commercialization, ambivalence about technology, struggle against the presence of text itself, and response to overwhelming data” alongside “the fragility of memory”

Luesebrink, Marjorie C. "One + One = Zero - Vanishing Text in Electronic Literature." 5 April 2014. Electronic Book Review.
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