Embed Size (px)
June 27th 2013Colab Zurich
Narrative and Story Structure in Games and Media
• Story, a recounting of a sequence of events*• An account of imaginary or real people and events told for
entertainment: "an adventure story"**
• A narrative (or story) is any account that presents connected events***
• A spoken or written account of connected events; a story: "a bare narrative of the details"**
*Wikipedia**Google dictionary***Oxford English Dictionary (online)
...what about humans, empathy and emotions?
Shared emotions help form the fabric of society
...storytelling is a vehicle used to combine emotions and information
...and communicate those feelings and information in a structure which gives us comfort or instills feelings of fear,
Storytelling gives emotional context to our linear lives
Physical time is linear
Emotional memory is non-linear
Connect current events to good feelings from the past
Play out emotions we can’t explore in reality
Hope in the future and our confidence to meet challenges
Die Hard...makes me feel good about my chances of surviving a
dramatic terrorist attack
...statistically it will probably never happen, but I’m sort of mentally prepared if it does
How are Communication Patterns Evolving?
Evolution of Communication
Face to FaceWeb
Static HTMLBlogging (active HTML)Instant Messaging
What is traditional story structure?Does it conflict with our fragmented communication
Many different models of story structure for different media
Hero Villain Conflict17
Over-coming extreme odds...to succeed in the end
Linear Story Structure
Rising drama to an apex with essential plot points
“Campbell explores the theory that important myths from around the
world which have survived for thousands of years all
share a fundamental structure, which Campbell
called the monomyth.”
THE HERO IS INTRODUCED IN HIS ORDINARY WORLD
THE CALL TO ADVENTURE
THE HERO IS RELUCTANT AT FIRST
THE HERO IS ENCOURAGED BY THE WISE OLD MAN OR WOMAN
THE HERO PASSES THE FIRST THRESHOLD
THE HERO ENCOUNTERS TESTS AND HELPERS
THE HERO REACHES THE INNERMOST CAVE
THE HERO ENDURES THE SUPREME ORDEAL
THE HERO SIEZES THE SWORD
THE ROAD BACK
RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR
The Hero’s Journey
Why is the Hero’s Journey structure so popular in movies and media?
Fairy Tales, mythsStar Wars, The Matrix, etc.
Do we like it because we expect it and are conditioned for it?
Is it inherent in our minds and DNA?
Does it hold us back in life? Must we be chosen to do great things by someone else?
Games and Story
GamesConfront a challenge
Understand your progress
Interactive with the world
Interact with other players
Actions have consequences
Conquer small quests
G.I. Joe storyline
I love playing MetalStorm because I saw Top Gun and played After Burner a few times in the 80‘s and liked G.I. Joe.
Live out the emotions of a fighter pilot risk free
Thank You Colab Zurichfor hosting!
Mark [email protected]