Interactive Story World

Ideas, theories, suggestions and opinions about what the story world is and how it might work.

I’m not certain who coined the phrase ‘storyworld’ in the context of interactive storytelling, but I know Chris Crawford’s use of it sunk in for me. It stripped story of the prerequisite for a storyline and offered instead a world of possibilities whose common aim was to build one. It sounds vague, and it is. There are many ways to use interactivity to shape the actual stories but the point is the storyworld really shouldn’t adhere to the traditional way we’ve been creating them. Which leaves a lot of questions about how exactly it is done.

This section is about the Main World, where an interactive story takes place. It looks at how this world might behave and what goes into designing one. The main world can be any number of living, breathing ecosystems, all teeming with the potential for drama and the means for enacting it. Certainly there are technical questions about how to pull it off. But what’s most appealing about a storyworld’s design is the unique range of creative opportunities that extend beyond the visual aesthetics and the mechanics of interactivity. The ultimate driving force is drama, and everything is subservient to it. How to build on that is what makes the Main World a truly unusual and untapped canvas.

Navigating the Path of “Way To Go”

“Way To Go” by AATOAA Studio for the NFB journeys hazily through the new media landscape as an interactive film, a game, an interactive animation and a virtual reality experience. Read More >

Interactive Story’s Fighting Words

‘Interactive story’ is a nuisance as a term, and it is the individual words that oppose working together. What will it take to find the common ground that turns this term into a useful member of interactive society? Read More >

Go Go Kabongo (Art by Tado)

Artwork by Tado. Gag animations for the zany interactive environments of Go Go Kabongo, a site devoted to Online Reading Games for kids. Read More >

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