Monday, October 26, 2009

Zimmerman's 'Narrative, Interactivity, Play, and Games

Eric's structural analysis of narrative and games is very useful:

Friday, October 23, 2009

key writing on interactive narrative design

Ernest Adams: 'Interactive Narratives Revisited'

Henry Jenkins: 'Game Design as Narrative Architecture'

Henry Jenkins: 'Transmedia Storytelling'

Marie Laure Ryan 'On Defining Narrative Media'

Ryan: 'Beyond Myth & Metaphor'

O'Flynn: 'Memento as a Model for Interactive Narratives'

games as art

also, if you haven't played any of the games below, they're worth a few minutes for thinking about

games as art:

Jason Rohrer


Rod Humble:


Stars over Half Moon Bay:



Jeneva Chen:


Thursday, October 22, 2009

must read essays

Vanevar Bush: 'As we may think' 1945

Lev Manovich: 'Database as a Symbolic Form' 1998

Lev Manovich: Software Takes Command. 2008 Downloadable book under CC.

Manovich's Soft Cinema:
Review of Soft Cinema: 2005

Monday, October 19, 2009

Scott McCloud

Key theoretical approach to comics and to interactive comics online - very useful for thinking about narrative juxtaposition and the imaginative gap:

archetypes, patterns, game design

'A Practical Guide to the Hero's Journey' - useful summary of Joseph Campbell's theory by Bob Bates

'What every game designer needs to know about story' - useful overview of McKee's Story by John Sutherland

Summary of Ernest Adams' 'A New Vision of Interactive Stories' - counter to Aristotle, Campbell, & McKee in the context of game design

Sunday, October 18, 2009

digital interactive narrative design

Colleen De Courcey on digital creativity

Gamasutra article on 'how to prototype a game in under seven days'

Social storytelling in current digital media:

Friday, October 16, 2009

genre as contract

Never underestimate the power of genre expectations!

Henry Jenkins on an old idea:

Genre criticism overview:

Genre as a reusable pattern:

roots of narrative

The roots of Western narrative form begin here:

Aristotle's poetics:

Aristotle's six principles of drama:

Fryetag's triangle - a structural map of plot building on Aristotle:

Robert McKee updates Aristotle for the screen:

The oral epic as encyclopedia - ancient models of database organization:

Northrop Frye's theory of archetypes is still relevant

Good overview of basics of fiction: