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GDC Radio: Designer Ernest Adams on Interactive Narrative

In this week's edition of GDC Radio, we present a lecture from game designer and regular Gamasutra contributor Ernest Adams from the 2005 Game Developers Conference. Here...

Frank Cifaldi

June 21, 2006

2 Min Read

In this week's edition of GDC Radio, we present a lecture from game designer and regular Gamasutra contributor Ernest Adams from the 2005 Game Developers Conference. Here, Adams revisits a lecture he gave ten years prior, at which point he came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as an "Interactive Movie" (a popular phrase at the time), and that game designers should instead focus on interactive narrative. Has anything suggested otherwise in the last ten years? Adams focuses on this question, and more, in this fascinating lecture. The following extract is from the lecture's official description: "In 1995 Ernest Adams gave a lecture at the GDC called "The Challenge of the Interactive Movie," in which he outlined some fundamental problems with interactive narrative at that time. He identified three in particular: the problem of internal consistency; the problem of narrative flow; and the problem of amnesia. In this lecture, Adams looks back on the last 10 years and examines how both academic research and the game industry as a creative business have addressed these and other issues in the design of interactive narratives. He draws on the published literature and on his own experience as a player and a professional game designer to illuminate the progress that has been made, including numerous examples from real games." You can now now read more about this session, and click through to download the entire lecutre in MP3 format (no registration required). You can subscribe to GDCRadio.net podcasts using iTunes and searching the directory for GDC Radio or by clicking this link. You can manually subscribe to our feed in your favorite RSS reader that supports enclosures by using this URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GDCRadio. [Additionally, until June 30, 2006, all individual GDC radio downloads have been reduced to only $2.99. You can purchase individual sessions at GDCRadio.net.]

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Frank Cifaldi

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Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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