Title: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

James Earl Cox III

Medium: Digital Game

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a short fiction game by James Earl Cox III. It is a narrative adaptation of the same name Civil War story written by Ambrose Bierce. Besides the title and opening credits, this interactive media tells a story without the use of any in-game dialogue, be it text or audio. As such, the story is conveyed through the use of pixel styled graphics, diegetic sounds, and minimal controls. These allow the player to more freely explore the story, encouraging the use of imagination to interpret the art and build the narrative as they progress, regardless of what language the player speaks. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is able to move the audience through a deep, historical story within the span of 5 minutes without the use of words as well as provide a portal from gaming to literature; one accessible to people of any age or culture.

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