Mapping Metroid

  title={Mapping Metroid},
  author={Luke Arnott},
  journal={Games and Culture},
  pages={27 - 3}
  • L. Arnott
  • Published 1 January 2017
  • Art
  • Games and Culture
Metroid: Other M, the latest game in the Metroid series, was heavily criticized for the contradictory portrayal of its avatar protagonist, Samus Aran. This article analyzes these critiques within the 25-year history of the Metroid series, noting intersections with literary theory, cognitive science, geography, and cinema. “Mapping Metroid” argues that player dissatisfaction is a result of Other M’s inconsistency in balancing gameplay constraints with player agency, and the game’s failure at… 
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