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Xi - A Digital Adventure

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Writer/producer David Varela talks about 'Xi', the world's first console-based ARG, at the Power to the Pixel event in October 2009 (at the London Film Festival). As well as details of the game itself, the presentation covers structure in digital storytelling; finding the right balance of gameplay and story; and working with the PS3's own virtual world, PlayStation Home.

The presentation includes full notes. A video of the talk can be found at http://www.babelgum.com/4005332?action=info

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Xi - A Digital Adventure

  1. 1. XI - A DIGITAL ADVENTURE PROJECT DATE YOUR HOST 14 OCTOBER 2009 DAVID VARELA, NDREAMS
  2. 2. The next ten minutes Who am I? A brief history of Xi (including an intro to Home) Some conclusions
  3. 3. About me Writer turned producer From old-fashioned media Worked on Perplex City Never do the same thing twice
  4. 4. A BRIEF HISTORY OF XI INCLUDING A QUICK OVERVIEW OF PLAYSTATION HOME
  5. 5. The challenge Sony’s new virtual world: PlayStation Home Increase repeat visits Create a community
  6. 6. The solution A 21st century soap opera Home, web, print, real world, video Updated every weekday for 3 months 5 languages
  7. 7. A word about story
  8. 8. METHOD IN THE MADNESS EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE
  9. 9. This is a game
  10. 10. TWO STRANDS: CASUAL AND EXPERT OR HOW TO PLEASE MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME
  11. 11. A few examples
  12. 12. MUSIC VIDEO PUZZLE IS IN THE LYRICS
  13. 13. DYNAMIC MAZES WALLS RISE AROUND YOU
  14. 14. BILLBOARD ANAGRAM PAN-EUROPEAN COLLABORATION
  15. 15. THE RESULTS OR ‘HOW GREAT IS GREAT?’
  16. 16. Those conclusions Find your balance A range of levels The element of surprise
  17. 17. davidv@ndreams.com davidvarela.com Tw: @writingstudio

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