Village Gamer has covered our presence at MIGS

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MiGS has just announced that Narrative Bridging: A CIN workshop will be taking place immediately after the Montreal International Game Summit. The two day workshop takes place November 10 and 11 at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel and will focus on developing advanced interactive narratives using Narrative Bridging. This will give the participants tools for designing interactive narratives for video games and show the mechanisms that motivate the player to action in the game world. The focus will be on Narrative Bridging and model and control design. After the workshop the participants will understand how the narrative creates incentives for the players to form strategies in the game world and how to accommodate for that in the narrative design.

Sign up for our workshop at MIGS in November

We will give a workshop at the MIGS conference in Montreal, Nov. 10-11. the information is now up, so sign up now!

In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop advanced interactive narratives using Narrative Bridging. This will give the participants tools for designing interactive narratives for video games and show the mechanisms that motivate the player to action in the game world. The focus will be on Narrative Bridging and model and control design. After the workshop the participants will understand how the narrative creates incentives for the players to form strategies in the game world and how to accommodate for that in the narrative design.

CIN joins TIGA

In order to increase our exposure we have joined TIGA, an organization that supports game developers and associated business in the UK.

“TIGA exists to represent and to serve the interests of games developers and associated businesses. TIGA’s vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of operational activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.”

More workshops planned at Staffordshire University

Following the successful workshop given at Staffordshire University, UK, we have now planned to offer three workshops a year there. These will be open to game developers in UK that are interested in creating a structure in the work with narrative content. It will also be an opportunity for industry to meet students, to spot future skills and opportunities.

The first workshop is planned for the second week in December 2010. We will keep you updated on dates and how to sign up in a few weeks.

The main lessons from this workshop is that when creating narrative content for games, or any other media, it is important to design these for the specific media in mind. Many times, unfortunately, this is done with film or TV in mind resulting in a break between an external enforced story and gameplay. With the help of our method it is possible to create narrative contents in the beginning of a project that will guide the whole production, and potentially save both time and cost – as it limits the risk of changes late in the production.

Montreal International Game Summit

At the moment we are sorting out the details for CIN to participate in the Montreal International Game Summit. This is an international conference for game developers, from Canada and around the world. As you know this area is exploding with activities in this area, as game development has been considered a key industry in Canada.

The conference is planned to 8-9 November and the following two days (10-11) Alliance Numérique will offer courses and workshops to participants, one of those will be the CIN workshop on how to develop narratives in games. We will keep you posted on how to sign up to the workshop.

Workshop at Staffordshire University

CIN will be giving a 2-day workshop at Staffordshire University the 4th and 5th of May. This workshop will be given, mainly, to students that study video games and narratives. Our colleague and UK agent Steve Webley have been giving some excellent courses on the topic over there. The workshop is also planned to be the first in a series of continuous workshops at Staffordshire University.