Interaction, narrative, and drama: Creating an adaptive interactive narrative using performance arts theories

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Abstract:

Interactive narratives have been used in a variety of applications, including video games, educational games, and training simulations. Maintaining engagement within such environments is an important problem, because it affects entertainment, motivation, and presence. Performance arts theorists have discussed and formalized many techniques that increase engagement and enhance dramatic content of art productions. While constructing a narrative manually, using these techniques, is acceptable for linear media, using this approach for interactive environments results in inflexible experiences due to the unpredictability of users' actions. Few researchers attempted to develop adaptive interactive narrative experiences. However, developing a quality interactive experience is largely an art process, and many of these adaptive techniques do not encode artistic principles. This paper presents a new interactive narrative architecture designed using a set of dramatic techniques that have been formulated based on several years of training in film and theatre.

Keywords: ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS; GAMES; INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT; INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/is.8.2.03eln

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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