The Haiti Earthquake Experience: A Case Study

  • Michael Gibson
  • President Zapdramatic
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6432)


The author summarizes his experience creating a story-based simulation from raw documentary footage taken in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The use of Propp’s typology to create a heroic framework within which to organize the material is explained. The author introduces the concept of Negotiation Clouds to improve a fold-back story structure and create meaningful agency for the user without compromising author control of the narrative.


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  • Michael Gibson
  • President Zapdramatic

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