Challenging reality using techniques from interactive drama to support social simulations in virtual worlds

Deborah Richards*, Nicolas Szilas

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Simulations of social situations have great potential to be applied to many of the social problems that we find in society and organisations. Social simulations can do more than provide experience and transfer current best practice; they may be used to transform current social realities. As many educationalists, organizations and researchers are finding, Virtual Worlds (VWs) provide an environment for conducting person to person social simulations. In this paper we consider a more challenging form of social simulation in VWs involving intelligent social interactions between humans and computer-based non-player characters in VWs, known as intelligent virtual agents (IVAs). However, using IVAs to simulate social behavior requires some reconsideration of the role that reality plays and challenges the definition of a simulation as a representation of reality. By bringing in the element of fiction (non-reality) often associated with drama, narrative and storytelling together with virtual worlds, we can relax some of the constraints associated with reality and go beyond reality. In beyond reality simulations, we actually use simulations to exaggerate aspects of the real world in order to emphasize a particular learning concept or even to break the rules, strategies, roles and operators which apply in the real world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlaying the system
Subtitle of host publicationpoceedings of the 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, 21-22 July 2012 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
EditorsDaniel Cermak-Sassenrath
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450314107
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System, IE 2012 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 21 Jul 201222 Jul 2012

Other

Other8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System, IE 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period21/07/1222/07/12

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