I’m 23 years and a master student in Media Innovation from the Netherlands. For my master thesis
I'm trying to fill in a gap a I found in literature on user modeling and interactive narratives (in this case a CYOA). I'm looking into how a certain user (reader/player) can be modeled based on his reading and branching behavior of a story, to find out to what extend user modeling might reduce the narrative paradox.
For those of you who are not familiar with the term narrative paradox: the narrative paradox refers to the tension between the user interaction and plot in an interactive digital narrative. (On the one hand, a strong narrative structure ensures quality of the narrative and doesn’t allow much interaction. On the other hand, as the possibilities of interactivity within a narrative increase, the shape of the narrative can become troublesome to maintain.)
To find out if the narrative paradox can be reduced I first need to know how people experience a branching story without any adjustments.
And that's where I need your help!
With some great help, I've set up a 'storytelling system' which includes a profile questionnaire, a short narrative story and an evaluation questionnaire.
Some things you should know before participating:
- You will first need to register
- The total time needed, to fill out the questionnaires and read the story, is estimated to be between 15 and 30 minutes
- The data gathered will be processed anonymously
Click on the following link to go to the storytelling system and participate: http://kaocean.com/in/
Thank you very much in advance!