Game Story Analysis: A Way Out’s Plot Twist

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR A WAY OUT!

 

 

While normally Fridays are for literary analysis, this week I’m going to try a different approach.  Instead of evaluating meaning and such, I am going to examine a story on a more technical level.  In so doing, I hope to express how a story accomplished a certain writing feat so that others may take the analysis and apply it to their own writing.  Given that this is a new sort of post, I only hope that others cut me a little slack on the execution.

All that garble out of the way, I feel the most appropriate place to start is an analysis of the plot twist in the new game A Way Out.  Unsurprisingly, this is not a post for those who do not want to be spoiled.  For those who already know or don’t care, today I’m going to examine why I believe the plot twist for this game’s story really works.  Obviously, this is going to be my opinion, and you don’t need to agree with it.  However, I hope you will allow me to go through my analysis with an open mind.

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Rebel’s 4 Writing Tips for Integrating World & Story

In last week’s post, I walked everyone through the general steps it takes to build a world/setting for your story.  However, given these posts can’t be a book length ordeal, there were a lot of points I had to leave out for the sake of time.  Be assured, however, there is a lot more to world-building, and I will even go more in depth on some of those points I previously brought up.  For today’s post, though, I would like to take what I consider the next step after performing your general world-building: adding to it for better story integration.

Now, before I begin, this post will not be a step-by-step guide on how to talk about your world in the story.  Instead, I am focusing on the outside world-building aspects like last post; the difference is that I will be delving into things you can add and consider for your world that will help meld it to the story.

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Creators: Get Involved with the Community

Though the word “exposure” has taken a negative connotation for a lot of creators (for good reason), it’s unfortunately a very important concept in any sort of content creation.  People do have to be exposed to you and your work in the first place in order for it to be seen.  Now, before anyone gets angry, I’m not about to tell you to do those unpaid content creation requests that only wanted to pay you in exposure.  However, I am here to tell you that you also can’t write exposure off and expect your marketing efforts to fall into place.

How does one gain exposure though in ways that don’t necessarily include unpaid work?  While there are a lot of ways to get it, I’m going to share with you today one of the most important things that you can do for free and for fun: getting involved with the community.  Whether you’re a writer, comic artist, YouTuber, or something else, there is a community around these industries.  The communities will consist both of creators and consumers, and these are the people who are going to be the most interested in the content you have to offer.  This being the case, getting involved with the relevant community can be a great way to gain this much needed exposure.

This is, of course, easier said than done.  For some, they’ve never really gotten involved with a community hard-core, and for others there’s an issue of social anxiety.  Whatever the case, my post today is going to walk you through some of the basics on getting involved with your community, why each one matters, and a few tips regarding them.

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Rebel’s 5 Tips for General World-Building

One of the aspects I love most about creating a new story is developing the world.  The world/setting is a vital component to any story, and it can be just as interesting in its existence as the character and plots happening within it.  There’s also no limit to what you can do with a world either!  You want waterfalls to go up instead of down?  You can do that.  Want a culture that combines Wild West aesthetics with elves?  You can do that.  Worlds open up the door to a multitude of possibilities, particularly when it comes to characters and how they meander through the world you create.  If used wisely, your creativity in the world can create conflicts that would not be possible otherwise.

However, despite loving and mentioning worlds a lot in other posts, I have yet to really make a general world-building post.  Today, I am going to fix this travesty of a situation and guide you through how to start building your own story world.  Keep in mind this post will be a bit biased towards fantasy and science fiction, but with some ingenuity you can use these tips for worlds that have more realistic settings as well.

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Some Thoughts on “The Mortal Immortal”

Is immortality all that great?  While many stories idolize the concept, just as many point out the long-term realities.  “The Mortal Immortal,” written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is one such heart-wrenching tale about one man’s curse of immortality.  Though it is not the only tale to explore the downsides of immortality, it is one that is special in how it involves another theme: the terrors man’s pursuit of knowledge can bring upon itself.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the piece and just my opinion.

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Rebel’s 5 Tips for Identifying a Mary-Sue in Your Writing

Mary-sues (or Gary-stus) are one of those subjects that can send people into raging and passionate arguments.  Few people tend to agree when a character is a Mary-sue, though most people will agree they do exist.  For those who are new to the term, Mary-sue refers to those characters who, for all intents and purposes, are idealized, perfect versions of people.  Often, they are the mark of amateur writers, though even the best of writers can be plagued by them on occasion.  Regardless, most people regard them as annoying types of characters, since their perfection tends to make for a boring, predictable story.

How can you know whether you’re writing a Mary-sue or not?  Today, I’m going to give you my tips on how you can identify whether a character you’re writing is a Mary-sue.  These tips will not be as comprehensive as other lists you might find.  However, I want to keep these tips brief and quick so that you can know as fast as possible whether it’s something you should be concerned about.

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