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StoryScan: Final Fantasy Tactics and Character

Final Fantasy Tactics uses a Corruption Arc to show what happens when a character sacrifices their integrity to reach their goals. 

StoryScan: Octopath Traveler and Setup/Payoff

The disconnect between setup and payoff in Primrose’s tale leads to a stale, repetitive story with nothing new to say.

Structure In-Depth:
The Feminine Journey

The Feminine Journey is a feminist interpretation of the Hero’s Journey that focuses on emotional growth.

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. 

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Narrative Analysis 101:
The Basics

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling: structure, character, setting, and themes.
Resident Evil 4: Opening

Narrative Analysis 201:
Next Steps

Go beyond the basics with topics like exposition, pacing, and stakes. 

StoryScan: Critical Hits and Weak Points

Study the highs and lows of popular video game stories. 

Storytelling has a shape. It dominates the way all stories are told and can be traced back not just to the Renaissance, but to the very beginnings of the recorded word. It’s a structure that we absorb avidly whether in art-house or airport form and it’s a shape that may be – though we must be careful – a universal archetype.

John Yorke

Producer and Script Editor