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How Private Experiences Amplify Narrative

Matthew Farber, Juliana Loh, Kimberly Unger, and I headlined the Georgia Recreation Builders Affiliation CIMFest final yr with this highly effective panel exploring how private experiences empower narrative writing. Particularly enlightening was the dialog on how private experiences don’t essentially equate trauma however can as a substitute be extra uplifting and constructive.  

Keynote Panel: Flavored by Authenticity: How Private Experiences Amplify Narrative 

Digital storytelling is a at present evolving medium and the push-and-pull nature of participant interplay in video video games offers a chance for the inclusion of non-public touchstones in an effort to extra deeply join with and have interaction a broad viewers. Over the previous decade, there was a rise within the examination of non-public narrative parts as strategies of engagement in educating and group constructing, most notably by contributing a degree of accessible authenticity. 

This keynote examines how private narratives inform narrative and character design as an entire in a recreation or digital setting, Be part of us for a take a look at moments in common video games knowledgeable by private narrative, from the indie to the AAA degree, and mirror on steps that could be taken in an effort to retain authenticity whereas avoiding the pitfalls that naturally include the wholesale creation of implausible and fictional areas. 


Sande Chen

Profiled as one of many Recreation Trade’s Prime 100 Most Influential Ladies and a 2020 Ladies in Video games International Corridor of Fame winner, Sande Chen is a author and recreation designer with over 15 years of expertise within the business. Her writing credit embrace 1999 Impartial Video games Pageant winner Terminus and the PC RPG of the 12 months, The Witcher, for which she was nominated for a 2007 Writers Guild Award in Videogame Writing. She is the co-author of Critical Video games: Video games That Educate, Practice, and Inform and was a contributor to Secrets and techniques of the Recreation Enterprise, Writing For Video Recreation Genres, and Skilled Methods for Videogame Writing. She has been a speaker at quite a few game-related conferences, together with the Recreation Builders Convention, NY Comedian Con, PAX East, and SXSW. She has been invited to the White Home and represented the USA on the World Convention on Science Literacy. She additionally has a Grammy nomination.

Matthew Farber

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is an assistant professor on the College of Northern Colorado, the place he based the Gaming SEL Lab. He has been invited to the White Home, authored a number of books and papers, and is a frequent collaborator with UNESCO and Video games for Change. His newest e book is Gaming SEL: Video games as Transformational to Social and Emotional Studying ( For extra, please go to

Juliana Loh

Juliana Loh is an impartial Producer/Artist whose background contains branded leisure, UX and artwork course. Along with creating academic/gaming experiences, she has honed her creative expertise as an idea and gallery-showing artist whereas pioneering, empowering and supporting grassroots tech meetups and communities. At the moment working as an teacher and immersive artist, she is keenly conscious of how rising know-how is altering the best way we relate to one another. She is at present designing story-based Professional-Kindness Workshops utilizing VR360 primarily based on user-centered design considering.

Kimberly Unger 

Kimberly made her first videogame again when the 80-column card was the brand new scorching factor and after 20+ years as a professional in that business, the magic nonetheless hasn’t light. Now she sources modern content material for Oculus, lectures on the intersection of artwork and code for UCSC in Video games and Playable Media, wrangles a month-to-month column on science-fiction in videogames over at Wonderful Tales and writes science fiction about how all these app-driven superpowers are going to vary the human race. Her debut sci-fi novel, NUCLEATION is on the market now on Amazon and her subsequent novel The Extractionist shall be obtainable in November of 2021. You’ll find her on Twitter at @Ing3nu or on her weblog at




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