Analysis: Narrative Exoskeletons & Game Dev Story

In this analysis, Tom Armitage looks at Kairosoft's iPhone cult hit Game Dev Story, examining the narrative reasons why game creators and players alike are transfixed by the Japanese-created 'build your own game studio' title.

Tom Armitage: As I played Kairosoft's Game Dev Story on my morning commute, the images that formed in my head fell into two categories. The first were little more than a high-resolution version of what what was playing out on screen - staff coming to work in a tiny development studio, hacking away at a series of passably average puzzle games, sometimes turning up to work in just their underwear.

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