Importance of Well-Motivated Characters in Interactive Narratives: An Empirical Evaluation

  • Mei Si
  • Stacy Marsella
  • David Pynadath
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16638-9_5

Volume 6432 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Si M., Marsella S., Pynadath D. (2010) Importance of Well-Motivated Characters in Interactive Narratives: An Empirical Evaluation. In: Aylett R., Lim M.Y., Louchart S., Petta P., Riedl M. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6432. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In order for the author to create his/her intended effects using interactive narratives, the user has to be able to understand his/her experience as designed by the author. In this paper, we argue that a key desideratum for interactive narrative frameworks is to model the characters’ motivational consistency during the interaction. This work reports an empirical study for evaluating the importance of using well-motivated characters in interactive narratives. The results demonstrate that inconsistency in the characters’ motivations can confuse the user and affect the user’s expectations and interpretations of the events in the story.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mei Si
    • 1
  • Stacy Marsella
    • 1
  • David Pynadath
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Creative TechnologiesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaMarina del ReyUSA