Repeating Despite Repulsion: The Freudian Uncanny in Psychological Horror Games

University essay from Malmö universitet/Institutionen för konst, kultur och kommunikation (K3)

Abstract: This thesis explores the diverse and intricate ways the psychological horror game genre can characterise a narrative by blurring the boundaries of reality and imagination in favour of storytelling. By utilising the Freudian uncanny, four video game fictions are dissected and analysed to perceive whether horror needs a narrative to be engaging and pleasurable. A discussion will also be made if video game fictions should be considered in the literary field or its own, and how it compares to written fiction in terms of interactivity, engagement, and immersion. 

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