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Sunday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Narrative Debate in Game Design

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The debate surrounding narratives in games generally centers around player agency and interactivity. Some believe narratives enrich games, while others wish for purely system-based experiences. What is the future of narratives in games given a lack of writing quality and seemingly growing desire for games that only focus on moment-to-moment player agency? How can game narratives thrive into the next generation of games and players?
Examples of Narrative-Based Games: Twine Games, Bioshock Infinite, Bastion, Kentucky Route Zero
Examples of System-Based Games: DOTA 2, Minecraft, Rouge Legacy, Mercenary Kings, Nidhogg
The panel will consist of a moderator, pro-narrative, pro-mechanical, and pro-games person.
This SXSW Gaming Session at the Long Center is FREE and open to the public. However SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badges gain priority seating.

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Jordan Mallory

Lead WriterMinicore Studios LLCHaving spent nearly three years traveling the world as a Contributing Editor for renowned video game news outlet Joystiq.com, Jordan is now the Lead Writer for Austin-based indie development house Minicore Studios. The company's next big release, an... Read More →
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Shay Pierce

Dictator for LifeDeep Plaid GamesShay was 6 years old when he forced an Italian plumber to sprint 100 yards and fling himself into a pit of lava. Shay's life was never the same (though Mario was surprisingly unaffected, in fact he was on his feet again just seconds later). Shay has... Read More →
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John Warren

Founder & CEOMinicore Studios LLCJohn has an undergraduate background in psychology and media studies and an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward's University. But, perhaps more importantly, he's been playing video games ever since he could hold a controller. Put it all... Read More →
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Davey Wreden

Creative MistressGalactic Cafe

Sunday March 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center, The Kodosky Donor Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

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