Narrative Game Mechanics

  • Teun Dubbelman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10045)


This paper explores the notion of narrative game mechanics by apposing theories from the field of cognitive narratology with design theories on game mechanics. The paper aims to disclose how narrative game mechanics invite game agents, including the player, to perform actions that support the construction of engaging stories and fictional worlds in the embodied mind of the player. The theoretical argument is supported by three case studies. The paper discusses examples of games that employ mechanics and rules to create engaging story events, focusing on: building tension through spatial conflict, evoking empathy through characterization and creating moral dilemmas through player choices.


Interactive narrative design Narrative game design Environmental storytelling Game analysis Design research Design education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HKU University of the Arts UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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