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

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A Good Story (The Simple Answer)

The representatives of the Department of Defense who came to Los Angeles in 1997 found the secret of making compelling movies very quickly. A really good story. Once they had the concept and even after they had tried to implement it in a series of training simulations, they were still faced with the interesting question, “What makes a good story, or what makes something a story at all?”

Certainly, everyone from Aristotle to Mel Brooks has voiced an answer to that question, but the best answer we have encountered comes from longtime Hollywood scriptwriter Bill Idelson. Idelson has written, edited, and produced hundreds of television shows (mostly comedies), but these days he spends his time teaching small groups ...

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