1st week on Convergence Design (Day 4)

Narrative Structures
Lecture of today is conducted by Mark & Chris.

1. Interactive Narratives
a. Six Pattern of Interactive Storytelling
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There are six patterns of interactive storytelling.
1. Linear
– the events unfold in a pre-scripted way

2. Linear Inteactive
– the audience might have some limited influence in certain parts of the story

3. Multiple ending
– the audience can decide on the outcome of a story

4. Branching path
– consists of pre-structured key-events that can be reached on different pathways.

5. Open ended
– the user is building his own story

6. toybox
– storyteller develops a toolkit for audience to help them develop stories on their own

b. Interactive Storytelling by Chris Crawford

Chris Crawford (2005, p.63) describes that interactive storytelling systems are not “games with stories”. There is a fundamental conflict between plot & interactivity. It is not metaplot and interactivity (overarching storyline that binds together events in a role-playing game).

2. Character & Identity
a. Second Life
Second Life is a popular virtual space for meeting friends, doing business, and sharing knowledge.

b. Gay Girl in Damascus
The male American PhD student ,Tom MacMaster who confessed to being an internet hoaxer masquerading as a lesbian blogger in Damascus has spoken publicly about the reasons behind his deception, saying he was motivated, in part, by his own “vanity”.

Task 4: Create a virtual fictional character using social media platform
What I do?
I had created a fictional character using my idol name Nicholas Hoult in the Facebook. To make it more existing, I had used his original Twitter to link to the Facebook page. I also posted some photos, news & recent activities of him. I even spread the latest news that he is nominated for Teen Choice Awards in Warm Bodies movie.

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Gmail: houltnicholas11@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.hoult.7528
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasHoult (original)
News: http://screen.yahoo.com/entertainment-news-pop-jennifer-lawrence-151506720.html

Reflection after the presentation
It is fun & interesting to have a fake identity online. It reflects to me that a lot of people are relying on the virtual character when in the social media world. They would like to disguise themselves into someone perfect, build the popularity, ask people to vote or ‘like’ them. Even a post of photo on trivial matter also will create a space for discussion. As refer to Mike Walsh, avatars are not just virtual characters – they are our digital doppelgangers.


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