The experience and exploration of worlds in single-player video games

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Mark J.P Wolf

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The author indicates a few of the most common experiences that are encountered, particularly in single-player open-world games where exploration of the world plays a large part of the enjoyment of a game. The experiences mentioned in the essay are: arrival in the world, the gaining of an objective, the revelation of the expansiveness of the world, the first contact with the world’s residents, world routines, travel to the world’s boundaries, and the completist’s exhaustion of the world when one has seen and experienced everything.

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Wolf , M. J. (2021). The experience and exploration of worlds in single-player video games. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 29(38), 223-230. https://doi.org/10.14746/i.2021.38.14
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Mark J.P Wolf , Uniwersytet Concordia Wisconsin, Wydział Komunikacji, U.S.A.

Mark J.P. Wolf – profesor zatrudniony na Uniwersytecie Concordia Wisconsin, na Wydziale Komunikacji. Autor wielu książek z zakresu historii oraz teorii gier wideo. Interesuje go szczególnie zagadnienie światotwórstwa w grach cyfrowych. Jest także pomysłodawcą i współredaktorem serii książek Imaginary Worlds wydawnictwaRoutledge oraz założycielem Video Game Studies Scholarly Interest Group oraz Transmedia Studies Special Interest Group.