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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Araki-Kawaguchi, Kiik, 1983-
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Rivera, Lysa M.
Bitter Roots is a point-and-click visual novel video game with three major branching narratives. The thesis portion of Bitter Roots follows Jamie as she attempts to rescue her boyfriend, Bobby, who went missing after the diner they work at began serving meat from trees. Major themes explored throughout the game include exploitation under capitalism, environmental degradation, and systemic injustice. As the story progresses, player choices expand the narrative into multiple branches and endings, some better than others. Choice differentiates game writing from other forms of storytelling. Rather than monopolize the storyline, branching narratives fracture plot and declare all endings to be equal. They decenter the author as sole storyteller by elevating the reader to the position of player. In this way, branching narratives offer a form of resistance against dominant cultural narratives involving patriarchy, consumerism, classicism, heteronormativity, and whiteness.
creative writing, fiction, horror, satire, humor, video game, visual novel, pixel art, fast food
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Video games in literature; Creative writing; Diners (Restaurants)--Fiction; Man-woman relationships in literature
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Scott, Caity, "Bitter Roots" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1086.
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