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Story and Simulations for Serious Games by Terry Borst, Nick Iuppa

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Branching Storylines

The new simulation that the US Army proposed to Paramount Pictures and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), as a redirection of ALTSIM (Advanced Leadership Training Simulation) was called Leaders. Leaders is in many ways a dramatic departure from preceding story-driven simulations.

The simulation was set in the field, and so the device of using mock computer networks as media presentation systems became unworkable. What had to happen instead was that the whole field operation had to be turned into a 3D virtual environment with participants given a complete captain’s-eye-view of the world. In other words, Leaders ended up looking very much like a 21st-century video game. To allow participants to “talk to” the ...

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