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Le langage du level design : analyse communicationnelle des structures et instances de médiation spatiales dans la série The Legend of Zelda (1986-2017)

Abstract : The aim of this work is the study of the constructed and represented spaces of video games. By testing the hypothesis of a form of “language” of level design, we shed light on the structural aspect of video game space, identifiable from one game to another within a “shared grammar”, but also its communicative value, as an instance of mediation between the game and the player. From a precise and detailed analysis of the way space is constructed and evolves in the series The Legend of Zelda (1986-2017), we formalize, classify and prioritize the different structures that make the repertoire of video game spatiality; then we highlight the mediation strategies implemented by games to facilitate the decoding of navigational information. We end up painting a diachronic portrait of the way this language is transformed, in particular concerning the question of navigation control, by mobilizing the notion-tool of “critical path” and its implications in a formal and communicative history of video games.
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Guillaume Grandjean. Le langage du level design : analyse communicationnelle des structures et instances de médiation spatiales dans la série The Legend of Zelda (1986-2017). Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Université de Lorraine, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020LORR0143⟩. ⟨tel-03098076⟩

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