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  1. 1. The Nature of Order in Game Narrative Jesse Schell GDC 2018 Game Narrative Summit
  2. 2. Einstein Alexander
  3. 3. Tesla Dickinson Melville Van Gogh Dick
  4. 4. Alexander
  5. 5. Each one of us has, somewhere in his heart, the dream to make a living world, a universe.
  6. 6. EgolessExact Eternal Alive Whole Comfortable Free
  7. 7. Alive
  8. 8. Whole
  9. 9. Comfortable
  10. 10. Free
  11. 11. Exact
  12. 12. Egoless
  13. 13. Eternal
  14. 14. EgolessExact Eternal Alive Whole Comfortable Free
  15. 15. Dot: Little Ghost: Medium Board: Big
  16. 16. Alas, Poor Yoshi! I knew him, Luigi, a dino of infinite jest. Medium Small Big (Dialog) (Characters)
  17. 17. Mechanic: Realistic Manipulation Transformation: Teaches Real Lab Skills Fantasy: Lab Genius World Championship
  18. 18. Good Skills0 (Low) (High) ∞ Flow Channel ∞ (High) (Low) 0 Challenges Boredom Anxiety
  19. 19. Better Skills0 (Low) (High) ∞ Flow Channel ∞ (High) (Low) 0 Challenges Boredom Anxiety
  20. 20. LevelCutsceneLevelCutsceneLevelCutsceneLevelCutsceneLevelCutscene
  21. 21. C8H8O3
  22. 22. All lyrical work must, as a whole, be perfectly intelligible, but in some particulars a little unintelligible. –Goethe
  23. 23. Innate Complexity Emergent Complexity
  24. 24. The Dots in Pac-Man… • Establish the goal (eat all the dots) • Earn points • Create a pleasing sound of progress • Earn extra lives • Show progress toward clearing the board • Slow down Pac-Man, creating meaningful strategy
  25. 25. Thanks! Slides: jesseschell.com Email: jesse@schellgames.com @jesseschell
  26. 26. Images and stuff • https://img00.deviantart.net/8bc7/i/2015/076/8/d/god_s_creation_by_wannesvdv- d8m2e27.jpg • https://fineartamerica.com/featured/koi-pond-with-lily-pad-flower-and-bud-black-and- white-sally-rockefeller.html • 15 patterns sketches: Kubala Washatko Architects • Orbitals: By PoorLeno (talk) - the English language Wikipedia (log).Original text: I created this work entirely by myself. References:Forinash, Kyle. Hydrogen W Simulation. Indiana University Southeast. Retrieved on 2008-12-18.Tokita, Sumio; Sugiyama, Takao; Noguchi, Fumio; Fujii, Hidehiko; Kobayashi, Hidehiko (2006). "An Attempt to Construct an Isosurface Having Symmetry Elements". Journal of Computer Chemistry, Japan 5 (3): 159–164. DOI:10.2477/jccj.5.159., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5854697 • Many images are from the various books of Christopher Alexander, contact me for more information.

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