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When Has Theory Ever Failed Us?: Identifying Issues with the Application of Theory in Interactive Digital Narrative Analysis and Design
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3390-831x
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology. Stockholm University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1444-5997
2023 (English)In: 16th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling / [ed] Lissa Holloway-Attaway; John Murray, Cham: Springer Nature, 2023, Vol. 14383, p. 21-37Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we discuss how theories can fail us in analysis and design of interactive digital narrative (IDN) works. We demonstrate a range of theoretical failures using the milestone IDN work Façade. To this end, we demonstrate the effect of different theoretical lenses, treating Façade as an interactive drama, as a game, as a work of hypertext fiction, and as general IDN work. We identify different types of theory failures with regards to analysis, creation and audience reception: miscatogorization, blind transfer, bogus theory, semantic creep, analytical blur, out of date, lack of problematization, fallacy of universality, analysis-productive mistakes, inappropriate conventions, out of context, over-pragmatization, and setting the wrong expectations for audiences. Finally we propose a way to prevent theoretical failures and call for more work in this respective area.

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Cham: Springer Nature, 2023. Vol. 14383, p. 21-37
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743, E-ISSN 1611-3349 ; 14383
Keywords [en]
interactive digital narrative theory, interactive digital narrative design, interactive digital narrative authoring, interactive storytelling theory and design, theoretical failures, application areas of theory
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Media and Communication Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52751DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-47655-6_2Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85177435666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52751DiVA, id: diva2:1813459
Conference
16th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2023, Kobe, Japan, November 11–15, 2023.
Available from: 2023-11-21 Created: 2023-11-21 Last updated: 2023-11-28Bibliographically approved

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