Interactivity and Narrative: A Discussion with Chris Crawford

Back in August of 1999 Chris moderated an online discussion about game and narrative. In one of the threads Chris and Mark Barrett discussed the topic of interactivity  vs. narrative.

Perhaps I can foment some unrest here – but with an assertion, not a question, I noted in your early definitions of the topic, Eric, a reference to the difficulty of reconciling interactivity with narrative. This is a commonly held belief, and one that I reject. Hence, explaining why I reject it should trigger some responses.

I re-discovered this conversation and thought it would be of interest to the readers of this site.


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