Looking at the Interactive Narrative Experience through the Eyes of the Participants

  • David Milam
  • Magy Seif El-Nasr
  • Ron Wakkary
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5334)


The topic of interactive narrative has been under research for many years. While there has been much research exploring the development of new algorithms that enable and enhance interactive narratives, there has been little research focusing on the question of how players understand and internalize their interactive narrative experiences. This paper addresses this problem through conducting a phenomenological study on participants playing Façade; we specifically chose a phenomenological methodology due to its emphasis on the participants’ lived experience from the participants’ viewpoint. We chose Façade, because it is the only accessible example of an experience that revolves around social relationships, conflict, and drama as its core mechanics. In this paper, we discuss sixteen themes that resulted from the analysis of the data gathered through the study. In addition, we reflect on these themes discussing their relationship to participants’ backgrounds, and project implications on the design of future interactive narratives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Milam
    • 1
  • Magy Seif El-Nasr
    • 1
  • Ron Wakkary
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Ineractive Arts and TechnologySimon Fraser UniversitySurreyCanada

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