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Beyond Fun: Difficult Topics Inspire Story and Design

Hugo Giard  |  Mission Director, Ubisoft
Jill Murray  |  Director of Narrative Design, Ubisoft

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Game Narrative Summit
Vault Recording: Video

Powerful ideas lie within subject matter that may, at first glance, seem to fly in the face of fun. In this talk, we will look at player engagement as the result of conflict and resolution, challenge and success - a journey through a dynamic range of emotions that satisfies through depth and variety. We will share methods for using diverse and even difficult narrative subjects to inspire game and mission design, and in turn, to put the story in the player's hands by using design to take the player to narrative places that words alone don't reach.


Attendees will gain insight into different approaches for mining difficult topics and perspectives for game and mission design inspiration, developing mechanics that tell stories beyond words, and how to balance the needs of different teams to ensure the success of ventures into new territory.