Being in the Story: Readerly Pleasure, Acting Theory, and Performing a Role

  • Joshua Tanenbaum
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7069)


It is common within the interactive narrative research community to conflate interaction with changing the outcome of a story. In this paper we argue that reimagining interaction as participation in a story opens up an important new design space for digital narratives: one which emphasizes the readerly pleasure of transforming into a character rather than the authorial pleasure of rewriting the events of the story. We draw on theories of method acting and performance as a model for participating within a story and provide examples from several recent games that support this type of narrative.


Games and Narrative Acting Theory Agency User Experience 


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  • Joshua Tanenbaum
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  1. 1.School of Interactive Arts & TechnologySimon Fraser UniversitySurreyCanada

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