The Motivational Appeal of Interactive Storytelling: Towards a Dimensional Model of the User Experience

  • Christian Roth
  • Peter Vorderer
  • Christoph Klimmt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5915)


A conceptual account to the quality of the user experience that interactive storytelling intends to facilitate is introduced. Building on socialscientific research from ‘old’ entertainment media, the experiential qualities of curiosity, suspense, aesthetic pleasantness, self-enhancement, and optimal task engagement (“flow”) are proposed as key elements of a theory of user experience in interactive storytelling. Perspectives for the evolution of the model, research and application are briefly discussed.


Interactive storytelling user experience enjoyment entertainment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Roth
    • 1
  • Peter Vorderer
    • 1
  • Christoph Klimmt
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA)VU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of CommunicationJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany

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