What Are You Going to Do, Talk Me to Death? Exploring the Narrative State in Interactive Entertainment

Emmett Tomai and Kenneth D. Forbus

We present a case study of narrative in an interactive game environment exploring how motivating text is used to create a narrative state in the mind of the player. This state in turn lends meaning to subsequent actions. We examine a set of text blocks from the game that tell a coherent, static story over a small play area and discuss the functions that text serves and the techniques used to accomplish them. We use this as a platform to explore how the narrative state might be varied to give insight into a more interactive narrative experience.

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