Follow the Purple Bunny: A Brief Analysis of Five Nights at Freddy’s Narrative
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- Five Nights at Freddy’s; video game narrative; video game study; horror game
The purpose of this paper is to briefly examine narratives of the indie horror game franchise: Five Nights at Freddy’s, created by indie-game developer Scott Cawthon. Despite the franchise’s creative gameplay mechanism, what truly captivates its huge fan base is its cryptic story and how creatively these clues are presented to players. I will especially focus on how the story and setting of the latest release on the franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, has been revealed to fans even before its release by examining secret conversations its VR collection of the previous 5 PC entries titled Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted (including The Curse of Dreabbear DLC). This paper will also provide a thorough analysis on how the two future villains of the franchise, Glitchtrap and Vanny, are introduced to players through the game in such unconventional means, such as through hidden dialogues in the source code of Scott Cawthon’s website, and fans’ favorite: 8-bit mini-game fused with symbolic lore.
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TY - CONF AU - Yujie Ji AU - Yixuan Zhao PY - 2022 DA - 2022/06/01 TI - Follow the Purple Bunny: A Brief Analysis of Five Nights at Freddy’s Narrative BT - Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 153 EP - 158 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.028 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220504.028 ID - Ji2022 ER -