publication . Article . 2015

Towards a typology of video game trailers: Between the ludic and the cinematic

Jan Švelch;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2015 Journal: issn: 2280-7705, Copyright policy
  • Publisher: Ass.ne Culturale Ludica
Abstract
This paper explores video game trailers, their various forms and the roles they play within video game industry and culture. It offers an overview of the current practice of video game trailer differentiation and proposes a new typology of video game trailers based on their relation to ludic and cinematic aspects of a video game, combining the theory of paratexts, video game performance framework, the interface effect concept, as well as the concept of transmedia storytelling. This typology reflects the historical evolution of a video game trailer and also takes into account current trends in the audiovisual paratexts of video games.
Subjects
acm: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTINGGeneralLiterature_MISCELLANEOUS
free text keywords: Trailer, Video Game, Social sciences (General), H1-99, P87-96, Communication. Mass media, Paratext
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