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What happens when the narrative (story) of a game conflicts with the mechanics (stuff the player does.)
"The cutscene says my character is sensitive and kind... but I just blew off 6 innocent people's heads for the lulz and the game was totally cool with that. There's some serious ludonarrative dissonance going on here."
от liekwat 19 юни 2016

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An unnecessarily fancy term for conflicting elements of ludology (gameplay, game design, et cetera) and narrative (story, characters, and the rules set up by the world).
Ludonarrative dissonance made the game a lot less enjoyable for me. You'd think that shooting a guy in the head would kill him instantly, but no, The Division seems completely oblivious to the fact that it's a Tom Clancy game.
от Witness Enderfield 25 юни 2016

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When there is a disconnect between story and gameplay in video games. An unnecessarily fancy sounding term mostly used by pseudo-intellectuals to whine about violence in Bioshock: Infinite. To them, the idea of so much violence in a game about a violent man in a violent/racist city is somehow a huge shocker.

Disconnect between gameplay and story happens all the time. There are countless examples of games where characters soak up bullets during gameplay but die from a single bullet in cut scenes. Yet somehow violence in Bioshock: Infinite is simultaneously the most frequently used and worst example of gameplay/story disconnect.
Did you read that article on the reputable game journalism website about violence and ludonarrative dissonance in Bioshock: Infinite? You know, the same journalist website that gave the fundamentally broken PS3 version of Skyrim a 10/10?
от RusFring 17 септември 2013

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