"In war, not everyone's a soldier." A Review of This War of Mine

Charles Ecenbarger

Received 30 April 2016, published online 7 December 2016


This article works to critically engage This War of Mine as a radically different style of war game that is rarely seen today. War games often glorify what it means to be in battle and have the player, essentially, saving their country or the world. This War of Mine, on the other hand, puts the player in the role of a survivor, someone simply trying to make it through the turmoil. This article examines the ways in which the game creates empathy for the avatar through aesthetic and narrative devices. 


This War of Mine; War; Aesthetics;

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