Fourth Wall

Self-awareness during gameplay. The phrase “breaking the fourth wall” refers to the act of a character or other aspect of the game directly addressing the player, television or other non-diegetic element beyond the boundaries of the game itself.

Internal Awareness

Game Addresses…

Itself

  • Fake glitches
  • “Fission Mailed”

External Awareness

Game Addresses…

Credits/Tokens

Developers

  • Easter eggs showing dev team

Hardware

    • Metal Gear Solid
  • Reset button
  • Control tutorials

Input Device

    • Guitar Hero series
    • Typing of the Dead

Player/Audience

  • Idle animation

Screen (Television/Arcade)

  • Idle animation
  • “Blip”, Lens Flare (implies television, camera)
  • Avatar contact with “inside of screen”

See Also

 
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