In the Colossus’ Shadow


In this section, we start analyzing the use of rhetorical techniques in Shadow of the Colossus. We make heavy use of Richard Lanham’s “Substance / Style Matrix”, as presented in his book The Economics of Attention. We start by looking at the Signal and Perceiver spectra on the matrix in the first analysis video.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you may want to watch the first three videos, which present a brief overview of the game.

There’s also an article deconstructing the game, which discusses what makes the game function as an attention-getting trap, and what another game would have to do to engage the audience in a similar way.