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

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Chapter 2.17. Emotioneering Techniques Category #17: Plot Deepening Techniques

Why some stories touch us.

This chapter presents

techniques to give game stories the emotional depth and resonance found in such films as the Lord of the Rings, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, American Beauty, Blade Runner, and Casablanca.

Plot Deepening Techniques are woven right into the flow and fabric of a story, whether the story is for a film or a game. The best way to understand these techniques is to deconstruct a story that uses them effectively. The film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which we touched upon in Chapter 1.6, “Why 'Writing' Is a Bad Word and 'Emotioneering' Is a Better One,” is a wonderful example. It has a lyrical plot full of nuances. ...

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