Talk:Interactive storytelling

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Well, what's the difference? The article as it stands says nothing about what it is. Dysprosia 06:55, 10 Apr 2004 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, "interactive storytelling" is just non-linear interactive fiction. The website linked in the article doesn't summarize the concept. Google gives any number of unrelated links; I think limiting an article with this title to a subgenre of interactive fiction is probably a bad idea. -Sean 01:01, 12 Apr 2004 (UTC)
Sorry, I intended to expand upon it, but ended up forgetting about it. Perhaps Chris Crawford's book, "The Art of Interactive Storytelling", might have a useful definition. Or maybe I'll ask Chris to provide one. - furrykef (Talk at me) 14:17, 9 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I got my response from Chris Crawford, unfortunately, it is (by his own admission) still inadequate. I'm still waiting for a response from Laura Mixon, who might provide a better one. For now, I put his quote in the article. - furrykef (Talk at me) 10:54, 14 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Chris himself added some information now. User: is him. - furrykef (Talk at me) 17:10, 18 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Crawford's Definition is not only for Computer Games[edit]

I don't think that "Interactive Storytelling" is merely about computer games, as it can be applied to a variety of theatrical games, such as Role Playing Games, only Crawford takes it a step or two further. Certainly computer games fit into Interactive Storytelling, but it is not quite right to say that only compter games represent Interactive Storytelling. Crawford may be able to clarify his intent, but I'd like to make a pitch for Interactive Storytelling being considered in its wider implication. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I quite agree. If you can find some good references for this it would be a great addition to the article to expand on this. In general the non computer forms get quite a poor treatment Collaborative fiction is the best article on the non computer material. --Salix alba (talk) 23:26, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Link to City of IF[edit]

I added back an external link to the interactive storytelling site "The City of IF." This link had been deleted with the comment that this is "a different sort of interactive storytelling". It's true that the form is different, but the central idea of interactive storytelling is the same. It fits the definition of interactive storytelling given here ("a form of interactive entertainment in which the player plays the role of the protagonist in a dramatically rich environment") with the only difference being that multiple players are jointly playing the protagonist role, rather than a single player.

City of IF has been discussed in the Grand Text Auto blog, and a previous version of the site ( is one of the links in "a comprehensive set of links on interactive storytelling," so two of the other three links here already have references to it. I think it definitely belongs on this page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Broadening the coverage[edit]

I have just added several paragraphs describing the large amount of work done by many different people in contributing to the concepts of interactive storytelling. I have also invited several noted researchers in the field to make their own improvements to this page. I am hopeful that we'll be able to converge on something that everybody can accept. I realize that there are many different concepts of interactive storytelling and many different approaches. For the purposes of this article, I hope we'll aim for a "big tent" approach that acknowledges the validity of the many different points of view. I suspect that eventually we'll have to split it apart into different sections to represent the different schools of thought, but for now, I hope we can all stick together for as long as possible.

Chloderic 04:39, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

Interactive Narrative Design appears from the references to it in reliable sources to be a subset of Interactive storytelling (e.g. [1], so it is best merged here rather than remaining as a separate stub. Fences&Windows 15:21, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

The distinction made between Interactive storytelling (IS) and Interactive Fiction (IF) does not seem to be particularly solid, and is (IMHO) more distracting than helpful. The distinction is fuzzy, as this article acknowledges. IF certainly contains many puzzle-based games, but it also contains drama and story driven games. One merged article would give a clearer and more complete overview. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Winterstein (talkcontribs) 15:27, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I'd like to remove the merge proposal - I rewritten chunks of the article to make the distinction much more clear and added some new content. Certainly at the time that you proposed the merge it was quite a reasonable idea... Pflat (talk) 13:38, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
Looking again, the article is now twice the size it was before the banner was put up and both articles have been refined substantially, although I do think there was a good case at the time I'm going to remove the banner now. Pflat (talk) 11:34, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Small tweaks[edit]

As part of our class project by a student, I made some small tweaks, but otherwise find the article to be in good shape. -Reagle (talk) 21:07, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Have also made some edits as part of this class project. Rroberie (talk), your expansion on this article is very helpful, I think there are few revisions to make. I have made some minor edits to this article for things like spelling, or adding/removing a link. One thing you could improve is the beginning of the ‘Evaluation’ section, as it has some information, about what success means for a work of interactive storytelling, which might be seen as opinion based. Perhaps adding a source to this and stating ‘as defined by…’ before the word “depends”, might help? A similar situation occurs with the comment on “Sandbox games like The Sims and Spore”, which discusses the game’s lack of dramatic tension or cohesive narrative (this could use a source as well). Another small thing that might add to the look of the page is having an image of these interactive story telling projects, if possible. For example, an image of what ‘The Oz Project’ world looked like. Overall great addition to the article! Novey.n (talk) 21:14, 31 October 2016 (UTC)


I approached this article to reassess the quality rating. It seems it still needs a lot of changes in order to earn a better rating. The article is substantially-referenced, but much of the content and prose needs work. For example, the "Projects" section should be reformatted as a description of examples paragraph-by-paragraph, rather than a handful of sub-sections. My recommendation would be to submit this article for peer review so that an editor can give a fresh perspective and help you with more detailed suggestions. MichaelIvan 07:49, 30 January 2017 (UTC)