Comedy in the Ludonarrative of Video Games

Oskari Kallio, Masood Masoodian*

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    Although humor is a prevalent component of numerous video games, thus far it has not been recognized as an established genre of its own. Comedy—the deliberate act to harness and perform humor—represents one, but an important segment of the emotional range that video games should aspire to cover. The challenge, however, lies in attempting to analyse various elements contributing to comedy, particularly with the inclusion of interactively as a fundamental element of video games. In this paper, we propose using the concept of ludonarrative as the basis for analysing comedy in video games. We approach ludonarrative comedy through examples that illustrate trends which can be discerned from games that introduce humor through their narrative and ludic (gameplay-related) elements.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing – ICEC 2018 - 17th IFIP TC 14 International Conference, Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018, Proceedings
    EditorsEsteban Clua, Licinio Roque, Artur Lugmayr, Pauliina Tuomi
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-99426-0
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing - Poznan, Poland
    Duration: 17 Sep 201820 Sep 2018
    Conference number: 17

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume11112 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing
    Abbreviated titleICEC
    OtherHeld at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018
    Internet address


    • Comedy
    • Computer games
    • Humor
    • Ludology
    • Ludonarrative
    • Narrative
    • Narratology
    • Video games


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