Unraveling Braid

  title={Unraveling Braid},
  author={Luke Arnott},
  journal={Bulletin of Science, Technology \& Society},
  pages={433 - 440}
  • Luke Arnott
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Art
  • Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
“Unraveling Braid” analyzes how unconventional, non-linear narrative fiction can help explain the ways in which video games signify. Specifically, this essay looks at the links between the semiotic features of Jonathan Blow’s 2008 puzzle-platform video game Braid and similar elements in Georges Perec’s 1978 novel Life A User’s Manual, as well as in other puzzle-themed literary precursors. Blow’s game design concepts “dynamical meaning” and “game play rhetoric” are explained in relation to a… 

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