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Digital Storytelling by Carolyn Handler Miller

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CHAPTER1

Interactive Storytelling: A Brief History

Can the roots of interactive storytelling really be traced all the way back to prehistoric religious rituals? What could they possibly have in common?

How are games played on a computer similar to those played on a ball field or on a tabletop game board?

Do various forms of linear entertainment—novels, plays, and movies—have anything useful to show us about creating interactive entertainment?

EARLIEST FORMS OF INTERACTIVE STORIES AND ENTERTAINMENT

Long before video games, or experiments with interactive TV, or the explosive growth of the Internet—long, even, before computers had ever been imagined—human beings all over the world devised and participated in interactive storytelling experiences. ...

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