I love the way the Waypoint Radio crew sees and creates little micro-narratives happening within a game. For example: in the Best of 2018 episode about Into The Breach, Cado sees a little moment when pushing your own mech into a Vek to cause damage as a dramatic micro action scene between the two pilots saying “Just do it!! I’ll be okay!”. Austin has talked countless times about how his favorite games are the ones that lets him get into the heads of the characters and create those little micro-narratives readily.
When I play games, I just don’t see that kind of stuff. The experience I have is the one being presented on the surface. If a game isn’t heavily narrative, often the only thing I see are the mechanics and the ways I can engage with them in a very straightforward puzzle-solving kind of way. I would love to dig deeper into a game and see those narrative micro-moments because it seems like a vastly more fun and interesting way to play games, but I don’t know how to teach my brain to do that.
Does anyone have advice or suggestions on how to engage more deeply with a game and see below the gameplay to all its little micro-dramas?