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Leveraging Procedural Narrative and Gameplay to Address Controversial Topics

  title={Leveraging Procedural Narrative and Gameplay to Address Controversial Topics},
  author={Ben Samuel and Jacob Garbe and Adam James Summerville and Jill Denner and Sarah Harmon and Gina M Lepore and Chris Martens and Michael Mateas and Noah Wardrip-Fruin},
Social justice issues are often controversial in nature, and require an appeal to emotion and empathy—rather than lists of facts—to solve. Serious games can be effective pedagogical tools, but often focus on short minigames (providing fleeting “aha” moments) that eschew the empathetic power of narrative, or vice versa. This paper presents a framework that dynamically generates sequences of short narrative and gameplay pairings, in the style of Molleindustria’s Unmanned. A playtest of an initial… 

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