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Digital Storytelling, 3rd Edition by Carolyn Handler Miller

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CHAPTER  6

Characters, Dialogue, and Emotions

How do characters in interactive stories differ from characters found in linear media?

Why is it worthwhile to give time and attention to creating your villains?

How does interactivity affect the way characters communicate with us?

What can you do to increase the user’s emotional response to an interactive work?

CHARACTERS IN AN INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT

Characters are an essential element of all forms of storytelling, from our ancestors’ oral recitations of myths and epics to today’s high-tech computer-assisted narratives. Characters pull us into the story and give it life. We empathize with our heroes and identify with their struggles; we fear the villains and long to see them defeated. Thanks to ...

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