Narrative Analysis 101:
StoryScan: Critical Hits, Weak Points, and Versus
Study the highs and lows of popular video game stories.
Editorials: Letters from the Editor
Conversations about writing and gaming with our Editor-in-Chief.
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. For a more casual look at video game storytelling, read our editor’s musings on game narratives in the Editorial section.
Narrative Analysis: Kishōtenketsu
A four-act structure that de-emphasizes conflict, focusing instead on complications and change.
StoryScan: Snatcher and Inspirations
Snatcher combines its cinematic influences with original ideas, resulting in a story that could have only come from Hideo Kojima.
Editorials: Critiques and Feedback
Accepting feedback isn’t always easy, but it can help you grow as a writer.