Human-Computer Interaction Series Volume 3, 2005, pp 249-256

Interfacing the Narrative Experience

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Our knowledge of the physical world and the skills with which we engage with it are powerful facilitators to LRP games. The artefacts, costumes, game-specific locations and buildings transform the physical world into a magic place where fantastic narratives are spawned. The level of engagement such a game environment creates — with no physical division between player, character, space, and narrative — is the kind of immersion many interactive narratives and computer games seek to achieve but where they also fail. By looking at the appropriation of artefacts and physical game locations in LRP games, and observing how the stories emerge from the interaction between all these components, we can inform the design process for interfaces to interactive narrative applications.