Coherent Emergent Stories - GHC13

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Crafting satisfying narratives while preserving player freedom is a longstanding challenge for computer games. Many games use a quest structure, allowing players to experience content nonlinearly. However, this risks creating disjointed stories when side quests only minimally integrate with the main story. This talk introduces the problem of nonlinear storytelling in games and discusses our flexible, scene-based story system that reacts dynamically to the players actions. Learn more at


<ul><li> 1. #GHC13 1:17 PM Coherent Emergent Stories Gail Carmichael Thursday October 3 2013 2013 </li> <li> 2. Goal: Good videogame stories that react to the player. 2013 </li> <li> 3. What is a Story? 2013 </li> <li> 4. ACTORS perform actions THE WORLD changes EVENTS relate to each other 2013 </li> <li> 5. STORIES: About people, not things conflict 2013 </li> <li> 6. Interactivity 2013 </li> <li> 7. Understand each other Two or more agents Respond properly 2013 </li> <li> 8. Game + Story: Why is it Hard? 2013 </li> <li> 9. STORIES: GAMES: Linear Non-Linear 2013 </li> <li> 10. Divergence from a story's path is likely to make for a less satisfying story; restricting a player's freedom of action is likely to make for a less satisfying game. Greg Costikyan 2013 </li> <li> 11. What should we do? 2013 </li> <li> 12. Complete freedom? No freedom? Somewhere in the middle. 2013 </li> <li> 13. 2013 </li> <li> 14. 2013 </li> <li> 15. 2013 </li> <li> 16. 1 2 3 6 2013 4 5 </li> <li> 17. 1 2 3 6 2013 4 5 </li> <li> 18. Satellite Scenes Available based on player action. Allow player to choose consumption. Dynamically modified to fit story. 2013 </li> <li> 19. Availability via Modifiers space, motivation, goals, knowledge, heroism, mood, tension, relationships, theme, character, setting, story progression 2013 </li> <li> 20. Result: A strong core story with additional flexible but relevant nodes that react to gameplay. In other words, a coherent emergent story. 2013 </li> <li> 21. Gail Carmichael Instructor / PhD Student, Carleton University 2013 </li> <li> 22. Got Feedback? Rate and Review the session using the GHC Mobile App To download visit 2013 </li> </ul>