Fan labor, speculative fiction, and video game lore in the "Bloodborne" community

  • Kevin D. Ball Wayne State University
Keywords: Fan community, FromSoftware, Lore hunt, Paratext, PlayStation 4, PS4


This essay engages fans of the PlayStation 4 video game Bloodborne (FromSoftware, 2015), focusing on the ways in which fans of the game craft its abstract lore into new threads of narrative via online texts and videos, and a related controversy pertaining to the originality and authorship of those media texts that fans share as records of their lore hunts.

Author Biography

Kevin D. Ball, Wayne State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant