Why are games so good at implied narrative?

This week we are talking about implicit and explicit narrative forms in video games.

How are the two related, how are they separate and how, in particular, can the implicit side of a game's narrative cause within us some of the most powerful and memorable reactions?

Games discussed include The Last of Us 2, the Uncharted series, The Legend of Zelda series, The Witcher series, APEX Legends, Fortnite, Rust, Valhiem and Shadow of the Colossus. Be warned that there are spoilers for some of these games.


A video version of this podcast is available at https://www.youtube.com/c/indiebydesign

Music by Ben Prunty.

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