Teaching with videogames: truth, lies and the media
Who controls the story, and what’s really going on?
Videogames usually cast the player at the centre of a predetermined narrative, but these two games invite the player to direct the narrative, and create the story themselves. This lesson will help students understand what non-linear narrative is, and how it functions in videogames to create and change stories.
Year level: 10–11
Subject areas: Media
Suggested duration: 1 lesson
- the game Her Story (Mac or PC) OR Not for Broadcast (PC) OR both
- a projector for class playthrough
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The lesson plan includes links to the Victorian Curriculum, indications of lesson timing, and ideas for differentiation and assessment.
In this lesson, students will
|1.||Watch or play a non linear videogame, and discuss other non linear narratives in books, film, TV|
|2.||Consider notions of truth and lies where conflicting accounts exist|
|3.||Apply this logic to news media and media narratives|
By the end of this lesson, students should
|what non-linear narratives are|
|how they can function in a video game format|
|how they can affect a player's experience of a story|
|identify elements of non-linear narrative within a game|
|make choices that demonstrate agency within a narrative structure|
|analyse and apply critical thinking to a video game story|
|critical and creative thinking skills|