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Games with a purpose, and how they get created
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Willem Dafoe, Ellen Page star in interactive game

Willem Dafoe, Ellen Page star in interactive game | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

Karl Quinn:  "David Cage doesn't think he's captured the future of storytelling, but he's pretty confident he's seen a glimpse of it" ...


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Andrea Rossi's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:58 AM

''I'm trying to explore different types of emotions, in continuing to explore this strange relationship that the game can establish with a player that is very different to the relationship between a film and an audience,'' he says. ''When you watch a film you are passive, you cannot change what is going on, but when you play an interactive game you become an actor, you can actually change the story. This is really fascinating."

RainboWillis's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:26 PM

I've played some of these interactive, narrative type games, and have even found myself emotionally moved by some of them (The Walking Dead games, Heavy Rain, etc.). It is an interesting medium, burdened under the historical disregard of choose-your-own-adventure stories. I, myself, can't entirely cast aside my own skepticism, but this will be a game that I will wait to see. 

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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In

This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Shane Snow

 

"Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it, and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling." Marketers are obsessed with storytelling, and conference panels on the subject lately have fewer empty seats than a Bieber concert.

 

"Funny thing is, storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing. It's always coming out of the buzzword pile because, at the end of the day, it's a timeless skill. Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history. For good and for ill.

 

"And now more than ever, businesses, workers, and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through storytelling.

 

"Good stories surprise us. They have compelling characters. They make us think, make us feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph don't."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:35 AM

#1 skill not just in business, but just about every form of communication.

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The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity

The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

"Together with a whole network of media researchers, creators and students we will:
- learn storytelling basics such as antagonist/protagonist relationships, narrative/narrated time, ...
- have a look at exciting current media projects
- analyze how they are designed and executed based on aforementioned basics
- and discuss how (and if) new online tools and formats change the way stories are told and perceived.

The 8-chapter course starts on October 25th, 2013 and ends on December 20th, 2013.

It will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.


"Our goal is to inspire and help understand. To broaden our horizon of what is and might be possible and what has already been attempted, and what has succeeded or even failed - and why.
In several little tasks you'll analyze and practice storytelling on your own and in teams."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:17 PM

This MOOC will be led by a team based at the University of Potsdam, Germany

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Narrative Dissonance in Game Storytelling

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by Josh Bycer: 

 

"While video games and movies do share the concepts of pacing and narrative, there is an inherent limit on how much impact the narrative can have on a game" ....

 

"As game technology continues to improve, so does the allure of creating games that can stand on par with major motion pictures. But remember that first and foremost, a game has to be interacted by the player.

 

"At the end of the day it doesn't matter how emotional or developed your story is, as without gameplay, all you have is a movie that requires you to press enter to continue watching."

 

 


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 29, 2013 7:41 PM

Interesting article on the structure of narrative in games.

Daniela's curator insight, September 12, 2014 6:26 PM

La utilidad de la Narrativa en los videojeugos y partes de multimedia interactiva