Interactive Drama Authoring with Plot and Character: An Intelligent System that Fosters Creativity

Mei Si, Stacy C. Marsella, Mark O. Riedl

Computer-based systems for interactive dramas allow the user to participate actively in the unfolding of a story in a virtual world. Various approaches have been explored for facilitating the human author in creating computer-based interactive dramas. Most of these approaches can be categorized as either story-centric or character-centric designs. In this work, we present a new framework that integrates both character-centric and story-centric designs to support authoring of interactive dramas. This framework encourages the author to think in different levels of abstraction and different perspectives when designing interactive dramas. In addition, it works as a colleague to the author by suggesting ideas and critiquing the author's ideas. We explore the use of this new framework for fostering the author's creativity in designing interactive dramas. Preliminary examples of using this new framework to author an interactive drama are presented, followed by discussion and future work.

Subjects: 6. Computer-Human Interaction; 6.3 User Interfaces

Submitted: Jan 26, 2008


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