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The persuasive aims of Metal Gear Solid: A discourse theoretical approach to the study of argumentation in video games
University of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy, Serbia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0121-4591
IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5218-3780
Bremen University, Bremen Institute for Transmedial Textuality, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1330-8800
2017 (English)In: Discourse, Context & Media, ISSN 2211-6958, E-ISSN 2211-6966, Vol. 15, p. 11-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The paper is aimed at proving the hypothesis that multimodal construction in video games can follow specific discursive aims in the process of persuading game players. In order to prove this, we have performed a multifaceted analysis which elaborated the ways in which different modalities in a representative video game combine so as to convince the player to act, play, and perhaps think accordingly. The multimodal approach employed in the paper combines the notion of discourse aims and the rhetorical and argumentative structure of Metal Gear Solid (Kojima, 1998), and analyses different narrative strategies and verbal cues, as well as the overall interface, control, and gameplay. The results suggest that verbal and textual cues combine with audio-visual elements and highly specific gameplay strategies in order to refrain the player from killing enemies. This might indicate that video games are likely to possess a great persuasive power, as they are both multimodal and highly interactive.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 15, p. 11-23
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Discourse analysis, Video games, Persuasion, Discourse aims, Multimodal argumentation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49786DOI: 10.1016/j.dcm.2016.12.002ISI: 000393936500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85006160376OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49786DiVA, id: diva2:1692000
Available from: 2022-08-31 Created: 2022-08-31 Last updated: 2022-08-31Bibliographically approved

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