This recent Brainy Gamer post is terrific and I’m happy he wrote it.
I’d love to read more solid analysis about how and why this game and its predecessor work such magic with players. We’re drawn to writing about narrative games because we understand (or at least we think we do) their structures, and we have a vernacular for discussing them. [...] But I think the distortion field has distanced many of us from the vast majority of players and their perceptions of this game. It’s like we’re talking about one game, and they’re playing another.
Edit: My response is here.