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WRIT 324: Lesson #1 — Introductions

Introduction to writing interactive narratives + Zork
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David Leach

on 16 January 2018

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What is "interactivity?"
Outline!
Zork
Start
Definitions
Course outline
Resources
Tech tools
Assignments
Blogs
Questions ????
Interactive
Intros
WRIT 324 Writing Interactive Narrative
Lesson #1: Introductions
Reading #1
"From Game-Story to Cyberdrama”
by Janet Murray
WRIT 324:
Writing Interactive Narrative
Tell us ....
1) your full name
2) your...
favourite interactive narrative
or form or genre of interactive narrative
or experience of creative interactivity
3) ask the instructor a question
4) choose someone you don't know to go next
Break: 10 minutes
narrative
interactive
interactive narrative
writing interactive
narrative
The importance of "critical play".....
"Games are always stories."
Is this statement true?
embedded
emergent
contextual
Games & stories share 2 structures:
contest
(protagonist vs. antagonist)
puzzle
(figuring things out)
Is this statement true?
“The digital medium is the appropriate locus for enacting and exploring the contests and puzzles of the new global community and the postmodern inner life.”
What does this mean?
“A story has greater emphasis on plot; a game has greater emphasis on the actions of the player.”
Does this make sense?
“Some such term is needed to mark the change we are experiencing, the invention of a new genre altogether, which is narrative in shape and that includes elements we associate with games.”
What do we call it?
'ractive (Stephenson)
cyberdrama (Murray)
replay story (Murray)
ergodic literature (Aarseth)
interactive drama
interactive narrative
KEY TERMS for the TERM
interactivity
narrative
agency
immersion
Next class
• Read: your CYOA book & bring to class
• Due: blog #1 (due: Tues. by noon) + Blog #2: Review CYOA book (Mon by noon)
• Read Ken Perlin’s essay (on CourseSpaces)

"The human brain, the map of the earth, the protocols of human relationships, are all elements in an improvised collective story-game, an aggregation of overlapping, conflicting, constantly morphing structures that make up the rules by which we act and interpret our experiences."
What does this mean?!?
Contest Game
Contest Story
Puzzle Game
Puzzle Story
DRAMATIC AGENCY
"... the term I use to distinguish the pleasure of interactivity, which arises from the two properties of the procedural and the participatory. When the world responds expressively and coherently to our engagement with it, then we experience agency."

—Janet Murray
WHat does this mean in terms of literary narratives?
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