June 1, 2005

Yet Another Story and Game Lecture

by Nick Montfort · , 3:18 pm

I gave a lecture on Story and Games [slides in PDF] to the CIS 564 class on game design here at Penn. The first half was straight narratology; then we looked at the nature of games as simulations, game time as distinct from time in stories, etc., and I had the class play Varicella in two groups so that we could discuss it in some detail. Fun stuff.

2 Responses to “Yet Another Story and Game Lecture”

  1. nick Says:

    Stephen Lane, who teaches CIS 564, asked me if I knew of a good list of narrative structures to which students could refer when designing games.

    Books such as Seymour Chatman’s Story and Discourse go through many of the options as they develop a theory of narrative, but I don’t really know of anything that is a good catalog of structures, online or in print. The most interesting-looking resource I was able to find right off is Bite Me: Narrative Structures + Buffy the Vampire Slayer, published by the Australian Center for the Moving Image.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

  2. Christy Dena Says:

    Manfred Jahn’s ‘Narratology: A Guide to the Theory of Narrative‘ is pretty good.

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