Sherlock It Up: Building The Gaps In Your Story

Oct 24, 2018

13:30

ROOM 207

50

INTERMEDIATE

Our brains can’t help but construct stories from their experiences. But how big can the gaps between pieces of information be for someone to fail to make an unconscious connection?

These information gaps are integral to constructing a well-refined story, but are particularly important for game storytelling. Knowing how to utilize the gaps in information is vital for understanding how to set up an environmental story with the fewest assets, the amount of exposition to provide at the start of a game, or how much needs to be said during an expensive cutscene.

Saf will break down how players interact with given information and how to use information gaps within the context of game storytelling. This talk will navigate the spaces between narrative data points, exploring how little information a game can give before the narrative falls apart and how developers can stretch the gaps between information to encourage deeper interaction with their players.

  • Saf Davidson

    Narrative Designer, Editor, Podcaster

    Freelance