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Creating Emotion in Games: The Craft and Art of Emotioneering™ by David Freeman

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Chapter 2.16. Emotioneering Techniques Category #16: Plot Interesting Techniques

Is a plot still a plot when it's different for each player?

This chapter focuses

on ways of making game plots interesting, while taking into account the many different kinds of story structures—linear, nonlinear, and multi-path—unique to games.

I squirm a little just to think about combining the words “plot” and “game” in the same sentence.

Plot suggests events moving in a straight line, it suggests external control, and it suggests order.[1]

Game suggests something open-ended and chaotic. It suggests fun and play.[2]

Putting “plot” and “game” together is like trying to combine order and chaos. It's like trying to tidy up the Big Bang.

You Call This a Story?

As linear writers ...

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