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Love/Hate Relationships: New Approaches to Game Romances

Chris Dahlen  |  Writer, Freelance

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

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

Romantic relationships between lead characters are a staple of role-playing games, dating sims and other titles; for some players, they're the most memorable part of the story. For over a decade, we've explored the basic model of building affinity between characters, and the results are getting predictable. In this talk, Chris Dahlen will explore new models that introduce more surprise, tension and challenge, taking lessons especially from romantic comedy films.


The writer on Mark of the Ninja, Polygon columnist and designer of an upcoming romantic comedy for Choice of Games, Dahlen will explore new ways to add twists and complications to a relationship, with concrete examples of how to model tension, rivalry and respect.