Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 201–220 | Cite as

Fiction Puzzle: Storiable Challenge in Pragmatist Videogame Aesthetics

  • Veli-Matti Karhulahti
Special Issue


This paper surveys the ontological and aesthetic character of puzzles in worlds with storytelling potential, storiable worlds (potential storyworlds). These puzzles are termed fiction puzzles. The focus is on the fiction puzzles of videogames, which are accommodated to John Dewey's pragmatist framework of aesthetics to be examined as art products capable of producing aesthetic experiences. This leads to an establishing of analytical criteria for estimating the value of fiction puzzles in the pragmatist framework of aesthetics.


Aesthetics Puzzles Story Narrative Videogames Adventure games Interactive fiction John Dewey 



I wish to thank Clara Fernández-Vara and Nick Montfort for their valuable comments on the earlier draft of the paper. I also thank the anonymous reviewers, one of which deserves to be separately acknowledged for her or his exceptionally comprehensive and constructive feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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