In this 2017 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Michael Dawson explains how the makers of mobile game Episode take a story idea and design it into a polished interactive mobile entertainment experience in three phases.
It was a thorough, thoughtful exploration of how devs can design intriguing narrative arcs for games, touching on everything from how to adapt screenwriting techniques for interactive fiction to how to iterate and refine a storyline.
Dawson's talk was well worth watching, especially if you're interested in narrative design for mobile games, so if you missed seeing it at GDC don't miss your chance to now watch it for free via the official GDC YouTube channel!
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