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About the GDC's Game Narrative Review program: Every year, leading game design programs at universities across the country integrate the GDC's Game Narrative Review competition into their academic curricula. Each participating student conducts a detailed structured analysis of the narrative elements of a game title of their choice. The resulting papers are submitted to the GDC writing board for review, and the submitters with the most promising entries are then invited to create a poster as a visual synopsis of their review. Successful poster submissions are declared winners and exhibited at the GDC.

Winning entries are archived on this page, organized by year. Click the "Poster" links to see the winning poster submissions and the "Paper" links to read the winning written analyses.

2014


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

CMU

Dakota State University

NYU

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Becker College

Dakota State University

DigiPen

NYU

RIT

Southern Methodist University


2013


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Drexel

Marymount

Rochester Institute of Technology

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

CMU

Digipen

Drexel

Emerson

PUC-Rio

RIT

Southern Methodist University


2012


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

Southern Methodist University

University of Texas

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Southern Methodist University

SUNY Stonybrook

University of Southern California


2011


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Northern Kentucky University

Southern Methodist University

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

Southern Methodist University


2010


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

DePaul

Digipen

Southern Methodist University

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Carnegie Mellon

DePaul

Digipen

Rochester Institute of Technology

Southern Methodist University


2009


Platinum Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

Gold Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

Rochester Institute of Technology

Southern Methodist University


2008


Overall Winners

School Student Game Title Poster Paper

Digipen

UBM Tech