“Interactive Drama in Real and Virtual Worlds” presented by Aylett


Session Title:

  • Mixed and Augmented Realities

Presentation Title:

  • Interactive Drama in Real and Virtual Worlds



  • How do we resolve the paradox of computer supported interactive drama – that the human participant requires the very freedom to interact that the authored narrative structure denies them? This paper reports work around the concept of Emergent Narrative – the development of narrative structure through interaction itself. We cover both systems using a virtual world and those using a virtually augmented real world, exploring how far reworking narrative structure as a loop between the causal (plot) and affective (character) can produce engaging experiences for participants. We discuss the key role of a cognitive-affective architecture for characters and the process of cognitive appraisal as an engine for both in-character and in-role dramatic action.

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