Dear diary: an investigation of emotionally engaging computer-game narratives
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Beginning with an analysis of design principles utilised in the computer-game medium in relation to its interactive nature as well as other storytelling disciplines, this project aims to investigate how emotional narrative experiences can be crafted through effective game design. Through examination of successful examples of computer-game storytelling, hypotheses relating to meaningful play, emotional engagement and effective narrative techniques are formed and refined. In parallel to the theoretical research, an iterative series of design frameworks are progressively developed – accumulating in an interactive prototype demonstrating key findings in assistance of game narrative design practices.