Some people like to keep things simple.
a story? Each element opens up possibilities for emotion.
Almost every element or component of a game's story (assuming it has one) offers an opportunity to evoke emotion. But to understand how to use story elements to brainstorm emotional game experiences, we first need to define what a “story element” is.
Not long ago I was addressing the collective faculty at a large arts college in San Francisco. The subject of discussion was, “What creates a feeling of 'story' in a two-dimensional image, even an abstract one?”
I gave my theory, explaining that more than 150 elements ...