Narrative Intelligibility and Closure in Interactive Systems

Luis Emilio Bruni, Sarune Baceviciute

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In this article we define various aspects, or parameters, of interactive narrative systems and present them as a framework that can help authors, creators and designers to conceive, analyze, or prioritize the narrative goals of a given system. We start by defining the Author-Audience distance (AAD), which in turn can be seen as a function of Narrative Intelligibility. AAD can also be influenced by the intended or unintended level of abstractedness or didascalicity (i.e. figurativeness) of a given narrative. We define narrative intelligibility in complementarity with the related notion of Narrative Closure. We also make a distinction between the goals of the system and the goals of the narrative that it mediates, and consider the proposed parameters at two interrelated levels of analysis: the system level and the embedded narrative level, as the normative values and goals of these two levels should not be taken for granted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Storytelling : 6th International Conference, ICIDS 2013, Istanbul, Turkey, November 6-9, 2013, Proceedings
EditorsHartmut Koenitz, Tonguc Ibrahim Sezen , Gabriele Ferri, Mads Haahr , Digdem Sezen , Güven C̨atak
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-02755-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02756-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe 6th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling - Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 Nov 20139 Nov 2013


ConferenceThe 6th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling
LocationBahçeşehir University
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Narrative Intelligibility
  • Narrative Closure
  • Interactive Narrative
  • Interactive Storytelling
  • Emergent Narratives
  • System Goals
  • Author-Audience distance
  • Narrative Paradox
  • Abstract Narratives
  • Didascalic Narratives
  • Interactivity
  • non-linear narratives
  • Edutainment


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