Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Third International Conference, INTETAIN 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 22-24, 2009. Proceedings

Research Article

An Experiment in Improvised Interactive Drama

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_25,
        author={Ivo Swartjes and Mari\`{\i}t Theune},
        title={An Experiment in Improvised Interactive Drama},
        proceedings={Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Third International Conference, INTETAIN 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 22-24, 2009. Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={INTETAIN},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Interactive Storytelling Dramatic Presence Interactive Drama Improvisational Theatre},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_25}
    }
    
  • Ivo Swartjes
    Mariët Theune
    Year: 2012
    An Experiment in Improvised Interactive Drama
    INTETAIN
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02315-6_25
Ivo Swartjes1,*, Mariët Theune1,*
  • 1: University of Twente
*Contact email: swartjes@ewi.utwente.nl, theune@ewi.utwente.nl

Abstract

To inform the design of interactive drama systems, we investigate the experience of an interactor being part of a story that they can have a fundamental influence on. Improvisational theatre might serve as a model for this experience, where there is no pre-scripted plot; each of its actors shares responsibility for the collaborative emergence of a story. This requires a performer attitude from the interactor. We describe an experiment in which improv actors create a story together with subjects who have no improv experience, to find out how we can characterize this experience, and how it might be achieved. Our results support a recent hypothesis that an interactor in interactive drama might be treated as a collaborative performer rather than an (antagonistic) player.