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Responsive Generation of Intrinsically Motivating Scenarios

Responsive Generation of Intrinsically Motivating Scenarios


National Science Foundation


Jill Denner (ETR), Michael Mateas, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, & Arnav Jhala (UC Santa Cruz)


Video games are intrinsically motivating—they capture the increasing amounts of peoples’ time and focus. This project aims to design and test new interactive experiences that leverage the intrinsic motivation of video games by dynamically combining gameplay and narrative. To this end, the team at UC Santa Cruz aims to develop the first successful scenario generator, and use it to create a game on climate change. The ETR team will study the effects of narrative and gameplay responsiveness and variation on user experience, particularly engagement, motivation, and learning.

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