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"nonrepresentational forms of agency"

Started by droqen, December 28, 2022, 11:18:18 PM

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I don't remember, anymore, where I wrote this -- it was probably handwritten in noteshelf somewhere now buried.
The place I would like to go . . . abstract pixel art appeals to me, I often place a player character on these screens as a center. But what would happen if I were to remove the player? Does the player character avatar draw too much focus?

Creatures, Earthtongue, Dwarf Fortress . . .

In these games the player has agency which is something that I shall call "nonrepresentational" -- it does not represent any force in the world, is not channeled through an avatar, cannot be ascribed. I suppose another way of saying this is "nondiegetic player". I like that.