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Monday, August 3 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Narratification or: How classical storytelling damages your game

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The talk will make the case for narratification rather than classical storytelling as the right way to create immersive and emotionally involving stories in games. Classical storytelling, produced top-down based on a game’s setting, more often than not creates a ludo-narrative dissonance, a disconnect between the told story and what the player experiences while playing the game.

The answer to this problem is a bottom-up approach, where a story is developed right from the gameplay. This approach is called narratification, a process of creating and implementing narrative elements that will render game narratives more intentional, reflective of the game as an art form, the gameplay patterns used in the actual game – and the way an individual is playing the game.

The talk will give examples of both approaches to show the different results.

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Wolfgang Walk

Owner, Walk Game Productions
After a career as a student of many subjects and manager of a discotheque, Wolfgang Walk turned his hobby, computer games, into a profession in the mid-1990s and joined Blue Byte as a story designer and project manager. Since then, he has been trying to grasp what he is working on... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Respawn Stage 2

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