Playing Sue

Julia Beck, Frauke Herrling


Using ludology and narrative theory, we explore the concept of the Mary Sue in RPGs as well as in fandom. In fantasy RPGs, self-insertion and wish fulfillment are encouraged. However, the presence of a Mary Sue can still disrupt the gaming experience.


Fan fiction; Ludology; Mary Sue; Narrative; Simulation

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