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Story and discourse: A bipartite model of narrative generation in virtual worlds

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Abstract:

In this paper, we set out a basic approach to the modeling of narrative in interactive virtual worlds. This approach adopts a bipartite model taken from narrative theory, in which narrative is composed of story and discourse. In our approach, story elements — plot and character — are defined in terms of plans that drive the dynamics of a virtual environment. Discourse elements — the narrative's communicative actions — are defined in terms of discourse plans whose communicative goals include conveying the story world plan's structure. To ground the model in computational terms, we provide examples from research under way in the Liquid Narrative Group involving the design of the Mimesis system, an architecture for intelligent interactive narrative incorporating concepts from artificial intelligence, narrative theory, cognitive psychology and computational linguistics.

Keywords: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE; COGNITIVE MODELS; DISCOURSE GENERATION; INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE; PLANNING; SUSPENSE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/is.8.2.02you

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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