Playing Sue

  • Julia Beck
  • Frauke Herrling
Keywords: Fan fiction, Ludology, Mary Sue, Narrative, Simulation

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Julia Beck
MA student
Frauke Herrling
MA student
Published
2009-02-17
Section
Symposium