Games v. God : Discarding the Author’s Intentions.

Games v. God : Discarding the Author’s Intentions.

To myself and all future Electra writers,

Narrative is a long tradition, spanning thousands of years. One way we understand stories is as a mechanism to pass on knowledge to future generations in a compelling and fun way.

But what happens when the writer reliquishes total control over the narrative? When the writer is creating a system with a set of inputs and outputs?

Well at that point it definitely becomes more complex to interpret the author’s intentions. It definitely still can be done, with games for instance in almost all cases we see outcomes as good or bad endings.

Is this meta thought process of what the author wants, from the player’s point of view a good thing?

Well how about the parallel of reading the Bible?

Religious experts spend their entire lives trying to interpret the intentions of God through the text of the book.

So clearly at least a large number of people find incredible value and meaning in trying to understand the writer from the writing.

Now if we apply gamer critique psychology to the Bible, you might find some comical comments;

“God is overall clearly a gifted writer (including his writing through selected individuals), but man sometimes he really goes on and on about the lineage of some very minor characters. I’m all for the backstory of King David, but listing off a dozen generations of names really pulled me out of the immersion of who he was.”

Or more to my point about discerning intentions and reacting to them:

“God seems to be really fixated on driving home the point that idol worship and drifting from full commitment to him is bad and you’ll get invaded if you get too distracted or into sin. I mean first off God seems to be correlating kingdom strength to their devotion to him at the time. Classic example of correlation is not causation. In fact the pattern of attack, kingdom falls, kingdom returns seems a lot more connected to the strength of neighboring enemies and the overall strength of the believers forces, not the per capita worship rating.”

Let’s reframe using concepts.

Understanding a story is one level of interpretation. Trying to understand the author’s intentions based on the meta of the story is a meta level of interpretation.

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