Chapter 12. Modeling

A Model is a Small Version of the real thing. It’s a toy version; it is not intended to capture the entirety of its subject. A child’s doll has no functioning pulmonary system or musculature; it doesn’t need such things to serve its modeling purpose. A novel does not relate the complete history of its protagonist’s life; only those events significant to the dramatic goal of the author are included in a novel.

Interactive storytelling is a form of modeling, and like other media, it is neither necessary nor desirable that it capture reality in its entirety; it should model only those aspects of reality that the author intends to communicate.

The Medium

Every medium models one or more dimensions of reality. Painting and photography ...

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