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Lessons in Building Player Investment: Paper Dino's Save the Date

Chris Cornell  |  President for Life, Paper Dino Software

Location: Room 2005, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Independent Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video

Paper Dino Software's Save the Date employed a nonlinear story structure and clever writing to create a surprisingly emotional experience. In this session, Chris Cornell, the game's designer, talks about the specific techniques and that went into crafting the experience, as well as suggestions for creating more games that use player agency to foster emotional investment.


This session offers insights into the ways players build stories in their minds while playing games, as well as the specific ways the story in "Save the Date" was structured to take advantage of this to foster greater emotional investment from players.