Author: James Rives

I am quite possibly the least funny person you'll ever meet.

Overused Narrative Tropes?

     When thinking of electronic literature, literature being the keyword, how much of a story should one expect? By any stretch of the imagination, hopefully a lot. But when you delve into some of the more specific sublets of the genre, particularly video games, the lines can become blurred. Such that it begs the questions of the necessity of…

Replay Value In Games – Important or No?

One great thing about electronic literature in its many forms is that much of it will only you to make certain choices once, forcing you down a different path depending on which you choose. In this regard, the player must realize that they aren’t experiencing every possible outcome in singular playthroughs which adds to what most call “replay value.” This idea…

Holding Your Hand A Bit Too Tightly: How Much Tutorial Is Enough?

One of the greatest aspects of electronic literature is that it’s very open to different interpretations. As an extension of this genre, it’s fair to add that games can be considered literature, generally through narration and/or an overarching plot. With games that aren’t laden with story or instruction, there is the notion that charm or effectiveness can be conveyed through the ability…

Is Sora (Kingdom Hearts) a Good Character?

  Anyone familiar with these two company understands just how unlikely it must have been that their partnership would be a success. Likewise, those same people can (and probably will) tell you that it was a stroke of genius for both companies, a partnership that has been successful for upwards of 13 years, now. But what may be one of the largest things to…