Multi-user interactive drama: the macro view - three structural layers

Bronwin Patrickson

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Narrative is generally crafted around a Three Act structure that dates back to Aristotle's Poetics. This paper asks to what extent the beginning, middle and end of a linear story remain relevant in interactive environments where drama can result as much from the interplay of rules and multi user participation. In this context drama appears to build through short, yet ongoing cycles of variable engagement. This allows for an alternative, structural approach to the application of Aristotle's Poetics in multi-user interactive environments involving three component layers, rather than three linear acts: The Source Drama, The User Drama and The Multi Drama.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive storytelling
Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2011, Vancouver, Canada, November 28 - December 1, 2011 : proceedings
EditorsMei Si, David Thue, Elisabeth André, James Lester, Joshua Tanenbaum, Veronica Zammitto
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Germany ; London
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783642252884
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (4th : 2011) - Vancouver, BC
Duration: 28 Nov 20111 Dec 2011

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (4th : 2011)
CityVancouver, BC


  • Interactive Drama
  • Interactive Narrative


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