Spheres and Lenses: Activity-Based Scenario / Narrative Approach for Design and Evaluation of Entertainment through Engagement

  • Tim Marsh
  • Bonnie Nardi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8770)


Building on A.N. Leontiev’s original activity theory, we propose extensions to bridge conceptual gaps to operationalize an activity-based scenario / narrative approach leading to a universal framework to inform design and reason about the user experience of entertainment through engagement in task-based, as well as improvised, extemporaneous and serendipitous interaction and gameplay.


activity theory design analysis engagement user experience interaction gameplay improvisation interactive storytelling scenario narrative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Marsh
    • 1
  • Bonnie Nardi
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith Film SchoolQueensland College of Art, Griffith UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Donald Bren School of Information & Computer SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUS

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