Narrative Analysis: Prequels
A good prequel adds depth to the original material while telling a compelling stand-alone story.
StoryScan: BioShock Infinite and Exposition
Bioshock Infinite avoids the dreaded ‘info-dump’ by concealing crucial exposition deep inside its setting.
Narrative Analysis: Sequels
Sequels are supposed to be low-risk and high-reward, but they still have to capture the elements that made the originals great.
About Cutscene University
At Cutscene University, our goal is to teach the essentials of storytelling by using the vibrant, engaging stories from both classic and modern video games. Visit our Narrative Analysis section to learn the fundamentals of story, and our StoryScan section to read about strengths and weaknesses in popular game stories.
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Narrative Analysis 101:
Narrative Analysis 201:
Go beyond the basics with topics like exposition, pacing, and stakes.
StoryScan: Critical Hits, Weak Points, and Versus
Study the highs and lows of popular video game stories.