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“All that's important is that you were honest with yourself”: Fictional Responsibility and Morality in Self-Involving Interactive Fictions

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dc.contributor.advisor Moffitt, Jennifer Leigh
dc.contributor.author Handley, Megan
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-23T14:12:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-23T14:12:23Z
dc.date.issued 2021-12-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11416/575
dc.description Honors Thesis Fall 2021 en_US
dc.description.abstract Video games have seen an ever-increasing amount of academic attention in recent years, though most of that has attempted to classify them as something apart from pre-existing foundations. However, I argue that video games belong to an already established, but under-investigated, class of fictions: Self-Involving Interactive Fictions (SIIFs). These fictions are those that make statements in a piece of fiction true of the person participating. According to Jon Robson and Aaron Meskin, SIIFs are concerned with the participant, and “...what your actions say about who you are choosing to be in the story world.” These uniquely personal fictions occupy an interesting junction where story-telling and narrative devices meet with moral responsibility. SIIFs demand more attention on account of their philosophical and literary merits. While not the whole of the genre, some of the most popular and recognizable examples of SIIFs are video games. Therefore, I utilize 2K Games’ BioShock (2007), Toby Fox's Undertale (2015), and Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds (2019) as case studies designed to test and expand the application of the theories compiled in this paper. en_US
dc.publisher Florida Southern College en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Video games en_US
dc.subject Fictitious characters en_US
dc.subject Imaginary places en_US
dc.subject BioShock (Game) en_US
dc.subject Undertale (Game) en_US
dc.subject The Outer Worlds (Game) en_US
dc.title “All that's important is that you were honest with yourself”: Fictional Responsibility and Morality in Self-Involving Interactive Fictions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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