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Wednesday, October 24 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Pixels and Words: Lessons in Building Interactive Narrative Systems

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More and more games are pushing for meaningful narrative content, but what does that actually mean and what sort of systems do you need to build to support it? Blair Leggett (One More Story Games) and Anna Tito (Hipster Whale) talk through the processes of developing the technology to support narrative games. They will introduce you to the conceptual frameworks they have used, as well as dig deeply into some of the critical systems that underpin them such as localization, approaches to episodic content and testing. Coming from two very different development focuses Blair and Anna will compare and contrast their different approaches while sharing the good, the bad, the ugly and the gotchas behind building a narrative system. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion about possible future narrative creation technologies.

Speakers
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Blair Leggett

CO-FOUNDER & CTO, ONE MORE STORY GAMES
Blair is the co-founder and CTO of One More Story Games.After 10+ years at EA and Zynga, he decided it was time for a new approach to games. Together with his wife Jean Leggett, they’ve developed StoryStylus, a simplified authoring platform for amateur and professional writers to create, publish and market narrative-based video games. Blair is the hacker to Jean’s hustler.One More Story Games works with writers as young as 10 – teaching them the basics of... Read More →
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Anna Tito

TECHNICAL PROJECT LEAD, HIPSTER WHALE
Anna Tito is a 30 under 30 regular listed in both Develop Magazine’s and Forbes 30 Under 30 list for games (2014 and 2015 respectively).Anna was nominated for the GDC Women in Games Rising Star in 2013 and 2014 and listed as one of MCV Pacific’s Women in games for 2018.Anna has... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
ROOM 210